The Society for UAP Studies is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that seeks to bring together serious thinkers (both academics and professionals) who are committed to advancing the study of the UAP phenomenon to the next level of rigorous scholarly engagement. The Society's primary output is the biannual, peer-reviewed journal Limina.
As a learned society, our goal is to collaborate closely with academic institutions to foster the development of an empirically responsible ecosystem of exchange among academics and professionals dedicated to UAP Studies. We firmly believe that this ecosystem should uphold the values of free, open, and unapologetic curiosity while maintaining the rigorous standards of critical skepticism. It is through this skepticism that the empirical disciplines have historically guarded against speculative or interpretive anarchy, and we aim to uphold and continue this tradition.
**The Society is now in operation and is working to approve membership applications. Please consider becoming a member today!**
presenting a biannual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal
LIMINA— The Journal of UAP Studies
Limina - The Journal of UAP Studies
Limina is a double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal. Its fundamental purpose and most basic intent is to advance the study of unidentified aerospace phenomena to the next level of serious, rigorous, academic scholarship.
Consider submitting your work to Limina! To submit, simply use the link to our Scholastica portal, found below.
The Society is launching a series of online courses (both traditional semester-long classes, and shorter seminars) that look at the UAP enigma from various academic disciplinary approaches. Our curriculum will emphasize the more foundational questions that arise for the study of such a difficult subject.
Contact us if you are interested in teaching or attending. Subscribe to our email list to keep apprised of these and other exciting offerings of the Society.
Current Course Offerings
The Physics of Exotic Propulsion for Interstellar Space Travel
- Summer 2024 -
As acknowledged by recent U.S. government agency reports, the possibility that some UAP may be vehicles of nonhuman origin cannot be ruled out. However, many scientists have tried to do just that by pointing to the vast distances (measured in light years) such vehicles would have to travel in order to get here. For example, the nearest exo-solar system to the Earth is over four light years away, which would take conventional interstellar craft tens of thousands of years to reach.
Taught by noted UAP science researcher Dr. Matthew Szydagis (of UAPx), this course examines the history of air and then space travel, noting how even conventional flight was considered "impossible" early last century, and proceeds to examine more carefully what we can infer from theoretical physics regarding mechanisms of interstellar travel that might make it more plausible in theory - even if it might be beyond our current engineering capabilities. Reference will be made to evidence indicated in key historical sources which point in the direction of some of these mechanisms.
Note: all sessions will be recorded, so feel free to enroll even if you can't attend live!
- Previous Courses -
Phenomenology of UAP
- Fall 2023 -
During the months of October and November 2023, Advisory Board member Dr. Kimberly Engel offers a course in philosophy which will make use of the rich, longstanding tradition of philosophical phenomenology to rigorously examine the first-person experience of UAP. In doing do so, Dr. Engels' course will explore how this philosophical school of thought can be fruitfully applied to the subject of UAP.
Since phenomenology as a method is concerned with the structures involved in the appearance of things to a subject of those appearances, this course will provide students with a unique opportunity to rigorously engage with the more "subjective" aspects of the UAP experience - something that is frequently overlooked in many allegedly "empirical" treatments of the subject.
Note: all sessions will be recorded, so feel free to enroll even if you can't attend live!
CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA & LECTURE SERIES
events devoted to systematic & sophisticated engagement with various aspects of the UAP enigma itself, as well as with the nascent academic field of UAP Studies that engages in the rigorous academic study of the phenomena.
Feb 3 - 5, 2023
An Online Virtual Event
Foundations, Frontiers, and Future Prospects of UAP Studies
Limina's Inaugural Symposium!
Note: the event has now ended, as has the on-demand access period through our conferencing vendor vFairs. However, we are in the process of making the videos of the talks available through this website, which will host the content from Limina's recent event.
Saturday | 11 November 2023
10AM - 1PM Pacific US Time
J. Allen Hynek
Distinguished Lecture Series
- with -
Dr. Massimo Teodorani
Dr. Teodorani offers a synthesis of his decades-long research on the subject of UAP. The lecture will cover a range of physical, hypothetical, and speculative considerations.
Each Monday | June 2023
June Seminar Series
Investigating UAP Scientifically
Lecturer: Dr. Massimo Teodorani
In a series of four intensive seminars, noted UAP researcher Dr. Massimo Teodorani discusses his fascinating research studying the many aspects of UAP, focusing on their observed physical characteristics.
UAP RESEARCH ECOSYSTEM
The Society is developing much-needed infrastructure for cooperation and informational exchange among all serious UAP research organizations around the world. This infrastructure will also provide an opportunity for interfacing between these groups and the academic community at large who are serious about the rigorous study of UAP and related issues (such as government involvement with UAP investigations and research).
As the Society reaches out to those involved in the broader UAP research community, it develops an increasingly more expansive space of reciprocal exchange and dialogue. Each organization with which the Society maintains active dialogue can be found listed here.
One of the advantages of having a learned and professional organization such as the Society is its neutrality: the Society is designed as a positionally neutral space where researchers - and organizations - of differing philosophical, methodological or strategic standpoints can come together to discuss issues of general importance for the academic, scholarly UAP Studies community.
All voices - no matter how "skeptical" - are important as we develop a deeper understanding not only of the basic need for serious research and scholarly work on UAP, but a clearer understanding of what methods and general epistemological principles should guide us in our collective efforts to produce work that is scientifically and academically rigorous, and which is at the same time consistent with accepted scholarly norms.
We offer this space here as a gateway where the interested community can learn more about the many other serious UAP groups that exist and: their ongoing, active research projects; their staffing or volunteer needs; their funding requirements; and any and all events that these groups are planning or have organized. You will also have a chance to connect with the leadership of these pioneering research efforts, and explore membership opportunities to see if you can be part of their important work.
If you are part of such an organization, please reach out to us and get connected!
Note: As a basically neutral organization, the Society does not maintain nor does it seek formal partnerships with other organizations. Therefore, a given listing on our website is not intended to endorse or otherwise comment upon the particular standpoint or position a group or an individual with that group, maintains.
UAPx - UAP Expedition
UAPx researches UFO/UAP while providing direct access to the general public of reviewed and analyzed data. UAPx designs, tests, implements, and utilizes specialized equipment to fill the gaps in sensor technology identified by the United States Government - without Governmental involvement.
UAPx brings together a global network of researchers, physicists, scientists, trained observers, engineers, enthusiasts, communities, and individuals dedicated to the scientific method in studying Unknown Aerial Phenomena. We create solutions and processes to standardize data collection, investigate, monitor, and ultimately protect our National Airspace through collective effort.
SCU - The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies
The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU) is a think tank of scientists, researchers and professionals stretching across organizations, governments and industries to scientifically and publicly explore anomalous phenomena known around the world as UAPs, UFOs, USOs and OVNIs
J. Allen Hynek Center For UFO Studies (CUFOS)
The Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) is an international group of scientists, academics, investigators, and volunteers dedicated to the continuing examination and analysis of the UFO phenomenon. Our purpose is to promote serious scientific interest in UFOs, to conduct original research and investigation, and to serve as an archive for reports, documents, and publications about the UFO phenomenon.
Our site contains extensive resources with original case reports, documents, and articles from our many publications to provide in-depth information on the UFO subject.
CUFOS currently engages in several ongoing activities which you can read about here and learn how you may be able to contribute to our work.
The UFO Data Acquisition Project (UFODAP) objective is to enable UAP/UFO research by deployment of advanced data collection technology. Their systems are employed by a number of cutting-edge UAP research organizations around the world, including UAPx.
UAP Check Team intends to help foster the understanding of UAP, reduce the stigma and raise public awareness on the UAP issue. Led by a wide-ranging team of experts and professionals, along with a qualified advisory board, UAP Check provides a number of key resources for the research community, including AI-driven UAP-related media aggregating tools, and a sophisticated UAP reporting system (currently being expanded and further developed by their expert team).
UAP Tracker is a daily live stream on YouTube watching the skies for anomalous events. Interesting events captured on the live stream and from motion tracking software are uploaded after the live stream ends. Links are then posted in the recorded live stream video description and comment sections. It features consumer grade technology available from online stores
GEP - Society for Research into the UFO Phenomenon (Germany)
The Society for Research into the UFO Phenomenon has been serving as a non-profit organization in Germany for 50 years as a contact point for sighting reports and questions on the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects - UFOs or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - UAP .
As a civil citizen science organization, the GEP is committed to the principles of honest scientific practice in researching the UFO phenomenon and has been an associated member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Extraterrestrials (IFEX) at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg since 2022.
creating the tools we need
Virtual & In-Person Workshops
The Society is developing a number of virtual and in-person workshops for the purposes of assessing strategies for and methods of fundamental research in key areas of UAP studies that need further development.
The Society is developing a number of working groups where leadership from the scholarly and professional UAP research community is invited to come together to collectively tackle major strategic, organizational and methodological questions that must be faced as UAP research becomes both more serious, more extensive and therefore more complex.
PROJECTS IN UAP STUDIES RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
developing the right resources & tools for the effective and deep study of the UAP phenomenon. Members are encouraged to reach out and take the lead on either existing projects, or for projects they would like to propose.