Philippe Ailleris is the face behind the UAP Reporting Scheme. His fascination for and interest in Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP, popularly called UFO) was already well underway by the time he was a teenager. As the years passed, his interests expanded into astronomy, space exploration and exobiology; however his interest in UAP persisted and led him to work in the space industry where he has remained for the past 20 years.
While his research and study in the field of UAP is conducted purely as an amateur and unrelated to his work commitments, his involvement in the space sector keeps him abreast of the space industry and has offered him contact with scientists and engineers of many disciplines. In conducting his own research, he has expanded this contact list and thereby his knowledge and information base.
Despite the controversy surrounding the topic, he believes that it is possible to approach the UAP field from a professional, rational, and scientific angle without any a priori. He considers that UAP studies my increase the scientific understanding of today poorly understood natural phenomenon, and ultimately he even sees the potential for Science to discover new unknown phenomena, therefore making such study invaluable. His research therefore focuses on attempting to raise the interest of the scientific community and to bridge various fields to devise what he believes is the necessary multidisciplinary approach to studying the phenomena.
Taking advantage of the increase in observation of the skies brought about by the programs of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, he has developed this UAP Reporting Scheme under the IYA framework. Its objectives are to give amateur astronomers an outlet for reporting, as well as a resource for the astronomy community to redirect enquiries from the general public and to help engage with the public in discussions about the science behind what is seen in the sky.
2012 ”Red Soil, Phonograph Records and Untied Nations Resolution 33/426: Our 1970s Extraterrestrial Heritage”. Paper for the conference “‘Envisioning Limits: Outer Space and the End of Utopia”
2011 “UFOs and Exogenous Intelligence Encounters”. Paper for the”ESPI (European Space Policy Institute) Perspective” series. The Number 43 examines the scientific and sociological background of the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life:
Italian version ”UFO e incontri con intelligenze esogene”:
2010 Article for the book “Humans in Outer Spacë – Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. (“Encounters on Earth: UFOs and exogenous intelligence on Earth”) Springer, Landfester, Remuss, Schrogl, Worms. The European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI). isbn: 978-3-7091-0279-4
2009 “The Lure of Local SETI: Fifty years of Field Experiments”. For Acta Astronautica, journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (avail. 1 Feb. 2010):
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576509005967 (Article also found under Wikipedia, article on Extraterrestrial life)
2008 “Premier colloque international de l’académie internationale d’astronautique sur la recherche de signatures de vie”. Article for the French magazine Ufomania, numero 58.
2008 “Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena in France: Seeking a renewed fascination for Space Exploration”. Paper in support of the Poster session for the international conference: Imagining outer Space, 1900-2000, 06 February 2008, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Bielefeld, Germany.
Conference Presentations / Participation
2012 Participation to the ESPI workshop ”Extraterrestrial Life-Beyond our Expectations?” (21-22 May 2012, Vienna, Austria). Oral presentation of:
“Social Aspects of Studying Potential Signs of Extraterrestrial Life: Seven Influences of Ufology”
Participation to the EGU General Assembly 2012 (22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria). Oral presentation of:
“Stimulating Interest in Natural Sciences and Training Observations Skills: the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme”
“Red Soil, Phonograph Records and United Nations Resolution 33/426: Our 1970s Extraterrestrial Heritage”. Paper presented to the “‘Envisioning Limits: Outer Space and the End of Utopia” Conference, Emmy Noether Research Group, Harnack-Haus in Berlin, 19-21 April 2012
”Searching for Signs of Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Science rather than Fiction” and ” Networking with Astronomers: The UAP Observations Reporting Scheme”. Presentations made at the 13th Symposio sulla Explorazione dello Spazio e la Vita nel Cosmo, 17 March 2012, San Marino (Italy)
2011 “UFOs and Exogenous Intelligence Encounters”. Presented at the CUN 10 Convegno Nazionale Di Ufologia, 22 October 2011, Roma, Italy
Participation to the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 (2-7 October 2011, Nantes, France). Oral presentation and poster of: “Training Observation Skills and Stimulating interest in Science and Technology: the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme”
Participation to the EGU General Assembly 2011 (3-8 April 2011, Vienna, Austria). Posters presentations of: (see related article under News):
“Towards a better understanding of unusual atmospheric events: the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme” and “Observed a mysterious aerial event that you can’t explain? The UAP Observations Reporting Scheme as a tool for demystifying UFOs and stimulating interest in science”
2010 “Unravelling the sky’s mysteries and isolating its anomalies: the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme, one year later”. Presentation and poster at the European Planetary Science Congress 2010, 20-24 September 2010, Roma, Italy.
“Unravelling the sky’s mysteries and isolating its anomalies: the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations Reporting Scheme”. Presentation and poster at the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM 2010), 6-10 September 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 “The Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Observations 2009 Reporting Scheme”. Presented at the European Planetary Science Congress 2009, 13-18 September 2009, Postdam, Germany
“Field investigations in the Hessdalen valley: A unique opportunity for legitimising research on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena”. Presented at the 2009 Hessdalen Science Camp, 07-11 September 2009, Hessdalen, Norway
“Scientific monitoring of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena: Historical review of instrumented field studies (1947-1990)”. Presented at the Meeting on European Project Hessdalen, July 2, 2009, Medicina, Italy
2008 “The Lure of Local SETI: Fifty years of Field Experiments”. Presented at the First International Academy of Astronautics’ Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures, September 22-26, 2008, UNESCO, Paris, France
“Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena in France: Seeking out a new Space Exploration fascination”. Poster session (paper in preparation) for the international conference: Imagining outer Space, 1900-2000, 06 February 2008, Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Bielefeld, Germany
2007 “UFOs and popular culture”. Presented at the 2nd Space and Society Conference: Space Options for the 21st Century, 27 February 2007-01 March 2007, ESTEC, European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands