A WARM WELCOME TO VICENTE-JUAN BALLESTER OLMOS!

We feel honored and celebrate that Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, undoubtely the most relevant Spanish UFO investigator, is joining our Group.

We started less than a year ago as a germinal idea, and since then we have been growing at a slow pace because we are very selective.

More than 30 years dedicated to the issue, the publication of seven books, the winning of awards an recognitions, his initiatives and the positions he holds in local and international organizations, and his achievement to obtain the declassification of the UFO files from the Spanish Air Force are some of his best credentials.

With him we receive a big boost, and we are pleased to have Spain now represented as the tenth nation in our Group.

Here is a brief Curriculum Vitae of his person:


VICENTE-JUAN BALLESTER OLMOS
Postal address: Apartado de Correos 12140, 46080 Valencia, Spain
Telephone: 00-34-96-361-31-08 (home)
E-mail address: ballesterolmos@yahoo.es
Web site: http://fotocat.blogspot.com/
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Born, Valencia (Spain),  December 27, 1948

EDUCATION
*Bachillerato Superior, and Preuniversitario, Colegio San José (Padres Jesuitas), Valencia, 1967
*Diploma in Fortran IV programming language, Departamento de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Valencia, 1973
*Self-taught student of many scientific disciplines
*Courses, on-the-job technical training, and professional studies in Spain and England on Finance, Risk Management, and PensioAWARDS AND GRANTS
1982: Fund for UFO Research (Washington, D.C.) scholarship for the study of UFO close encounter cases reported in Spain and Portugal
1983: Co-awarded with John Schuessler (NASA) the Alvin Lawson Award, “for his advances in the scientific comprehension of the UFO phenomenon”
1998: Nominated to the Isabel L. Davies Memorial Award, MUFON Inc.
1998: Premio Anaparéstesis, Anomaly Foundation

DUTIES
*1968-1973: Founder and President, Círculo de Estudios sobre Objetos No Identificados (CEONI), Valencia, Spain
*1969-1970: Founder of Equipo Nacional de Investigadores (ENI), Spain
*1978-1982: Coordinator of Consejo de Consultores de Stendek, Spain
*1983-1985: Journal editor-in-chief, UPIAR Research in Progress, Milano, Italy
*1992-1999: Director of Investigations, Centro de Estudios Interplanetarios (CEI), Barcelona, Spain
*1997-2004: Cofounder, Vice-president and Research Director, Anomaly Foundation, Santander (Spain)
*2005: member, Steering Committee, Euro UFO Network

MEMBERSHIPS
*Member, representative, adviser, consultant to a number of the most important UFO societies and journals in the world: Mutual UFO Network, Inc. (MUFON), J.A. Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), Society for the Scientific Exploration (SSE), National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP), European Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies, Cuadernos de Ufología, Revista UFO, amongst others.

BOOKS PUBLISHED
A Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, Center for UFO  Studies (Evanston, Illinois), April 1976. Foreword: by Jacques Vallée.
OVNIS: El fenómeno aterrizaje, Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1978,1979, and1984. Foreword by Dr. Jacques Vallée.
Los OVNIS y la Ciencia (with Miguel Guasp), Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1981, and1989. Foreword by Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
Investigación OVNI, Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1984. Foreword by Dr. Richard Haines.
Enciclopedia de los encuentros cercanos con OVNIS (with Juan Antonio  Fernández), Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1987
Expedientes insólitos, Temas de Hoy (Madrid), 1995. Foreword by Javier Sierra. Epilogue by Dr. Jacques Vallée.
Norwat in UFO Photographs: The First Catalogue (with Ole Jonny Brænne). UPIAR (Torino, Italy), September 2008.
RECOGNITIONS
*1998: Biographical quotation in Marquis Who’s Who in the World.
*2001: Unique civil ufologist interviewed by the Revista Española de Defensa (official publication of the Spanish Ministry of Defense): http://www.anomalia.org/redef.htm

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Vicente-Juan  Ballester Olmos has been investigating UFO phenomena since 1966, he is an active promoter of scientific-oriented ufology and he is proactively focused to team work. A correspondent and  friend to the most noted figures of the field in the last 35+ years.

Mr Ballester Olmos is the author of over 340 publications, essays, articles, case inquiries, bibliographies, book reviews, technical reports, etc since 1965. His bibliography can be consulted on-line in the following url: http://www.anomalia.org/bibliog1.pdf

LECTURER
Mr Ballester Olmos has given frequent speeches in many UFO congresses held in Spain, France, England, Germany, and the United States of America.

DECLASSIFICATION OF THE UFO FILES OF THE SPANISH AIR FORCE
From 1992 to 1999, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos played a fundamental role in promoting and supervising the start and development of the process of declassification of UFO archives from the Spanish Air Force, through an active cooperation with the Intelligence Section of the Air Operative Command (now Combat Air Command).

FOTOCAT PROJECT
From year 2001, Mr Ballester Olmos is managing the FOTOCAT Project, an in-progress project from the Spanish not-for-profit Anomaly Foundation, aimed to create the largest worldwide catalogue of UFO cases where photographs, films or videos have been achieved. 9,500 cases are recorded now.


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