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Richard Conway is the acting science officer for BUFORA. By profession he is a computer programmer with
some 15 years’ experience. His hobbies and "fringe" interests include investigations into "free" energy
technology such as zero point, LENR, hydroxy gas production and other forms of energy production, some
scientifically explicable and others prone to controversy. Richard holds post grad diplomas degrees in
Economics, Computer Science and Physics. Richard has been a member of BUFORA for 20 years and is a
fervent believer that one day we will reach the stars through our own intellect.
Ufology and pseudo-science: never the twain shall meet:
In this talk Richard Conway will dissect some typical claims of pseudo-scientists and authors that purport
to have found physical phenomenon that regular science has missed, some inspired by the intervention
or direct messages given by aliens. He will describe a first-hand story that took place in Turkey and try
and depict common traits of those that proclaim radical theories. He will refer to cases and events, some
entrenched in Ufological lore and others on the periphery of our subject but interesting nevertheless.
Born and educated in Guernsey, Channel Islands, Geoff developed interests in unexplained phenomena and
space research. A founder member of Guernsey Astronomy Section in 1972, Geoff has also been a member
of BUFORA since 1969. He has specialised in case summaries describing reported effects on vehicles during
Vehicle Interference Reports:
Geoff will be giving us an insight in to the hundreds of mostly temporary effects on vehicles, during close
proximity to UFO sightings. With so many cases reported on a worldwide basis, they include incidents
involving aircraft, cars and ships. Effects include power loss and lightning, radio interference and navigation
Tony Eccles has been a member of BUFORA and an accredited investigator since 1993. His primary research
interest is the Close Encounter of the Third and Fourth Kind. As an ethnographer, his work explores the role
of close encounter witnesses in a modern world and the deeply rooted need in Western society for a
connection with a higher intelligence.
Previously, Tony was also one of the co-founders of the Merseyside Anomalies Research Association (MARA)
in 1997. His book, A Different Sky, was published in 2003 and documents reported strange sightings and
experiences from the Merseyside region over a ten year period.
Tony Eccles has worked in the heritage sector for eighteen years and is currently employed as the Curator of
Ethnography at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. His blog, also called A Different Sky, is
updated during lunchtime. More on Tony can be at his website:
Amnamnesis - a study of the close encounter experience.
In 2010, Tony re-initiated a BUFORA project called Anamnesis. This projected was intended to study
individualswho claimed to have experienced close encounter events. It was hoped that by understanding an
individual's life that the close encounter experience would be better understood. This fresh approach to close
encounter research revealed some interesting characteristics.
Amnamnesis was originally designed in 1981 by former investigator and sociologist Ken Phillips and
Dr. Alex Keul, a psychologist at the University of Salzburg. This also led to the development of the Witness
Support Group. Due to Ken’s untimely death in the 1990s, the research project came to a halt. It is now
hoped that this witness study will continue but without a WSG.
Dave Newton is an astrophysicist and former physics teacher who now works in IT project management. He has
been an amateur astronomer and active observer of the night sky for over 30 years, and is a founder member
of the Sunderland Astronomical Society. Dave also has a lifelong interest in UFOs and strange phenomena, and
has been involved in many investigations over the last twenty years.
The fascination of UFOs:
Dave Newton will examine the UFO phenomenon from an astronomical perspective and will re-evaluate the
Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis in the light of 65+ years of UFO evidence.
Ross Hemsworth is host of the TV chat show Now THAT'S Weird on Edge Media TV (Sky Channel 200) and
the radio show of the same name. He also presents a weekly radio talk show called Nailing It which is
A former Director of the Laughlin UFO Conference (UFO Congress) before its sale a couple of years ago to
the current owners who moved it to Phoenix, Ross is no stranger to Ufology. He was a media advisor to
Exopolitics but decided to leave after what he called 'too much internal battling and not enough real research'.
Rendlesham Forest New Views and Experiences:
At this year's BUFORA event, Ross will be taking a very different view on Rendlesham Forest, after his own
encounter there (witnessed by a team of people) and will be showing an incredible photograph of what he
believes to be an 'inter-dimensional entity'.
So far, the few people that have seen the picture have been thoroughly baffled and can offer no logical or
rational explanation for the strange creature that appears to be above Ross's head. What is stranger, perhaps,
is that Ross was describing this exact being to the team before the picture was taken. The picture was then
relayed from a digital camera to a laptop in a car at the end of Track 10 in front of the team, so no digital
manipulation was possible.
To know more, you will have to come to the conference!
For more details on Ross , visit the following websites:
Ross 'The Hammer' Hemsworth
Matt Lyons, Chairman:
Matt has been looking into the UFO phenomenon branching out from science and astronomy. He joined
BUFORA a few years ago and after becoming an accredited investigator, worked on projects such as the
complete magazine archive digitisation and assisting to ensure all BUFORA case files and audio/visual media
were preserved and updated from the last 50 years of research and investigation. Matt has appeared on
T.V. radio and at UFO conferences and enjoys the multiple skills, teamwork and wide ranging experience,
investigations and research that BUFORA has produced and continues to do so.
Your M.C. for the day is John Wickham:
BUFORAs Press and Media officer:
John has been interested in UFOs since childhood. He has been involved with BUFORA since the late
1990s, & in that time has held different roles which include Treasurer and Chairman. He is a
BUFORA Accredited UFO investigator & has also been a Paranormal Investigator for about 20 years.
He has been an MC on many occasions in the past & is a regular contributor to various
BBC Radio and TV programmes.
Supporting committee members and associates:
Mark joined BUFORA only a few years ago but had been active with local UFO groups. His
background is engineering and enjoys world travel. With his photographic skills developed over
many years, Mark has now become BUFORAs leading photographic specialist, in addition to
general investigations and his role on the NIC. Mark also instructs with Heather Dixon on the
Investigator Training Course and also lectures on photography and UFOs.
Mark will be filming the conference in this special anniversary year.