Xavier Passot - GEIPAN, The French Government's Official UFO Investigation
Among the international speakers were representatives from several official government sponsored UFO investigation organizations. The most prominent is GEIPAN in France. This group investigates UFOs and is part of France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), the equivalent to NASA here in the United States. The head of GEIPAN, Xavier Passot, was one of the speakers, and he reviewed their methodologies for investigation. He also shared their statistics and some of their best cases.
Another official UFO research group that was represented was Chile’s Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA). This organization is a branch of the General Administration of Civil Aeronautics, which is similar to our FAA. Jose Lay, CEFAA’s director of international affairs, spoke on how their organization works, and also shared information on some of their best cases.