In October 2014, the Interdisciplinary Society for the Analysis of Anomalous Phenomena e.V. (IGAAP) emerged from the Society for the Investigation of Anomalous Atmospheric
and Radar Phenomena (MUFON-CES e.V.). IGAAP has as members some of the authors of the extensive MUFON-CES
During the last forty years MUFON-CES pursued the intention to convince the scientific mainstream that there are phenomena in the airspace which cannot be explained by conventional phenomena and which should therefore be investigated seriously. This was attempted with the above-mentioned publications, in each of which the contributions were written in scientific jargon and in which the urgent need for scientific analysis of these phenomena was substantiated. The tradition-rich MUFON-CES Reports are now continued as IGAAP Reports. IGAAP Report No. 1 was published in June 2017 (see also MUFON-CES Reports; the reports are ordered chronologically).
At the time, some members of MUFON-CES felt that the data base was not yet sufficiently consolidated and should be supplemented by reports from government agencies (civil and military airspace surveillance, the State Offices of Criminal Investigations (LKAs), and police inspectorates). The scientists of MUFON-CES, on the other hand, thought that the data material was already sufficient to conduct analyses of the unknown objects based on their observed and instrumentally registered physical interactions (EMG Project). They separated from MUFON-CES to continue their investigations in the newly founded IGAAP.
According to the convictions of the members of IGAAP, the scientific method is the only way to investigate phenomena that are still not understood, whose temporal and spatial occurrence is unpredictable and which are beyond any grasp. Because the majority of scientists do not see it this way, due to ignorance of the phenomena and due to underestimation of the new knowledge to be gained by dealing with them, the scientific mainstream considers investigating them only in rare individual cases.
Thus, at least in Germany, it remains for a small minority of informed and responsible scientists with limited resources to document UFO sightings and conduct private analyses. These experts are well networked internationally and the results of their investigations have already been brought to the attention of advisors to the U.S. government (Laurence Rockefeller): Illobrand von Ludwiger, the head of IGAAP and long-time chairman of MUFON-CES, also participated in the Rockefeller Conference in New York in 1997.
As a result of the now legendary article in the New York Times of December 16, 2017 by Helene Cooper, Leslie Kean, and Ralph Blumenthal (see UFOs in den US-Leitmedien), and the extensive and ongoing developments that it triggered, the situation of UFO research - especially in the U.S. - has fundamentally changed for the better: The taboo surrounding the topic is much less strong than it used to be, the public is better informed and very interested in the topic due to the extensive and neutral reporting in the mainstream media - and occasionally scientists from the mainstream are beginning to take up the topic.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) report published in June 2021 entitled 'Preliminary Assessment - Unidentified Aerial Phenomena' (see Literatur - Regierungsamtliche und offizielle Dokumente) once again officially confirms the existence of a real UFO phenomenon with objects whose flight characteristics cannot be explained by modern man-made technology. Particularly famous in this context is the so-called 'Tic-Tac UFO Incident', which occurred in 2004 during an exercise of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of California.
Participants of the workshop about the UFO phenomenon in September 1997 in Pocantico Hill, New York: Personen f.l.t.r.: Prof. T. Holzer, Prof. V. Eshleman, Dr. M. Rodeghier, John Schuessler, Prof. H. Melosh, Prof. J. Jopkii, Dr. H. Puthoff, Prof. D. Pritchard, Prof. P. Sturrock, Prof. C. Tolbert, Dr. F. Louange, Dr. L. Rockefeller, J.-J. Velasco, I. von Ludwiger, Dr. H. Diamont, Masha Sims, Dr. J. Vallée, Prof. B. Haisch, Dr. B. Veyret, Dr. R. Haines, Prof. M. Swords, Prof. J. Papike, Dr. G. Reitz, Prof. E. Strand