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Expat Talk: UFOs & extra-terrestrial life

Monday 16 October | 19h30 - 22h00
The Louise Centre
, Avenue Louise 279,

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lecture, lecture, coffee, tea and drinks afterwards, great group of international people
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Please arrive between 19h00 and 19h20. We welcome you with coffee/tea and you can already meet some other participants. It would be appreciated if you cancel your attendance if you cannot come anymore. Please bring €15 in cash on the evening itself to speed up the registration process (card payments possible though, €16).
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€15

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Daring to speak about UFOs is risky; suggesting that observations that go completely against the generally accepted laws of physics and nature should be researched goes one step further. Still, during the Belgian UFO gulf of 1989-1993 over 500 objects that almost silently evolved with an unknown technique and that demonstrated unprecedented agility have been observed. Should we continue to ignore this? Should we continue to ridicule those that want to research this? To openly discuss this matter requires much courage and I have an enormous respect for people like Coen Vermeeren who share their opinion openly.” – Wilfried de Brouwer, retired General-Major of the Belgian Airforce

Probably the most asked question of all time is whether we are alone in this universe. Throughout human history civilisations have looked at the stars and wondered if there are other civilisations out there. Only the last few decades we have the knowledge and technology to structurally study the existence of alien lifeforms. Since the launch of the Kepler telescope in 2009, already over 2.000 possible “Earth-like” planets have been discovered in our own Milky-Way Galaxy. With an estimate of more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe (!!!) the chances for the existence of a life-supporting planet, it is argued by many astronomers, are significant.

The Effelsberg 100-meter Telescope near the Belgian border

Despite all this very expensive ongoing research, the scientific study of the existence of already existing extra-terrestrial life on Earth and unidentified flying objects (UFO) in the Earth’s atmosphere is rather scarce. For this talk Expat Club invited Prof Dr. Coen Vermeeren, an aerospace engineer and former Professor at the Technical University Delft, who is an expert on the subject.

Dr. Vermeeren will talk about his research and views on the topic of UFOs. Author of the book UFOs simply exist (translated from Dutch: UFO’s bestaan gewoon), his main message is to conduct research on the phenomenon: “I have the opinion that you have to want to know anything, and that you have to want to research everything. Even if it seems improbable or unbelievable. That’s the only thing I ask for: research it!

We all have seen several or even many science fiction movies on UFOs or extra-terrestrial life, including Star Trek and Star Wars, Spielberg’s ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Aliens, and of course Independence Day. On the white screen the topic has become serious business, but outside Hollywood the believe in the existence of UFO is often received with scepticism.

This lack of interest for the scientific community is remarkable, because the number of reported UFO sightings around the world is huge. Such a widespread phenomenon should be worth studying, one could argue. Also, it concerns not only “regular John Does” who spot unexplainable things in the sky, but apparently also numerous scientists, famous people, pilots and even astronauts. Just have a look at these names that appear on the first pages of his book!

Although we’ve heard for years about unknown objects in our skies, Vermeerens puts forward a challenging overview of what we know about this and what we don’t know. He proposes an important conclusion that we should take the many eye witnesses seriously and that our scientists should be allowed to conduct research on this.”  Prof dr. Herman Wijffels, economist, former Minister for the Christian-Democrats (translated by Expat Club)

Daring to speak about UFOs is risky; suggesting that observations that go completely against the generally accepted laws of physics and nature should be researched goes one step further. Still, during the Belgian UFO gulf of 1989-1993 over 500 objects that almost silently evolved with an unknown technique and that demonstrated unprecedented agility have been observed. Should we continue to ignore this? Should we continue to ridicule those that want to research this? To openly discuss this matter requires much courage and I have an enormous respect for people like Coen Vermeeren who share their opinion openly.” Wilfried de Brouwer (retired), General-Major of the Belgian Airforce (translated by Expat Club)

Still, structural academic research on these sightings is virtually non-existent. Some scientists, such as the famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, claim that the evidence is simply lacking because eye-witness reports are not strong enough evidence to base conclusions on.

Dr. Vermeeren will present the facts that he documented in his book and share his views on why there is so much secrecy around the topic. It will be a highly interesting talk, with many examples and stories. There will be much time to ask questions to our guest speaker. Needless to say, it is up to you to draw your own conclusions about whether ET is real or not.

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Registration for this talk is required. Just leave your name and email address in the field above. If you are a member you can register by logging in first and by clicking the RSVP button. Membership is not required for this event, but you are invited to become a member nonetheless at www.expatclub.org/register (profile picture required). The fee for this evening is €15. You can pay it in cash upon arrival or by bank or credit card (€16).

Location
We are meeting in the Expat Club offices in The Louise Center on Avenue Louise 279. You are welcome from 19h00, but we actually start at 19h30. Trams 93 and 94, bus 38 and 60, Vleurgat/Louise stop. And just a 5-8 minutes walking from tram 7 and 81, and bus 54 if you get off at Avenue Louise. The entrance is right across the tramstop. Please arrive by between 19h00 and 19h20. We welcome you with coffee/tea. Afterwards you are invited for a drink and some snacks.

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