An international conference this weekend in Greensboro will explore UFOs and the scientific search for extraterrestrial life.

The Center for UFO Research is sponsoring a two-day symposium at the War Memorial Auditorium.

Scientists, high ranking military personnel, and government officials from around the world will be in the Triad to talk about research related to UFOs.

“What we are trying to prove is that there are crafts and unidentified aerial phenomenon happening in our skies and we don't know what they are, and we need to study it seriously and take the taboo out of talking about it, so every time there is a sighting people don't think you are a crackpot,” says Michael Acosta, who is organizing the event with The Center for UFO Research in Burlington.

Acosta says, “We need to actually look at the data and find out what is going on in our skies. It's an air safety issue, it's a technological issue and it is an extremely important question.”

Acosta says about five percent of all crafts that are reported in the air are unidentified.

Some of the guest speakers at the event will include Dr. Richard Haines, former senior scientist for NASA, Jose Lay, International Affairs Director for the Chilean government agency on UAP, and Timothy Good, UK researcher and author.

Acosta says several guest speakers will share their eye witness accounts.

“We also have General De Brouwer, who was the commander of the Air force in Belgium, they have an agency and he was the commander of the base while they were having what is called the Belgium Wave. They had over 6,000 sightings within a year and 2,000 investigations, so he will be talking about how his agency cooperates with the government.”

The Center for UFO Research symposium will take place Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro.

The conference is not free, but it is open to the public. For more information go to

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