The Sol Foundation Initiative for UAP Research and Policy

Presented by Nolan Laboratory (Department of Pathology) and the Stanford School of Medicine

  • Symposium
  • November 17-18, 2023
  • Stanford University

After decades of undeserved marginality, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (“UAP”) are enjoying unprecedented levels of public interest and newfound legitimacy in academia, government, media, and even venture capital. Yet this sudden turnaround is deepening rather than lessening the enigma of the phenomena, revealing not only all the questions about them have gone unanswered but the many more that must now be asked.

Are some of these unidentified aerospace (and undersea) objects technological and nonanthropogenic? How can the natural sciences comprehensively study UAP, and how are the humanities and social sciences uniquely poised to understand the phenomena? Perhaps most importantly, how should the United States, European, and other governments respond to the likely reality of nonanthropogenic UAP as well as the prospect, currently acknowledged in Congressional legislation, that longstanding UAP intelligence and research programs have been concealed under extreme classification? Finally, how might the commercialization of open UAP research contribute to government disclosure and social acceptance of UAP and possible nonhuman intelligences?

This Stanford School of Medicine-sponsored symposium will address these and other pressing questions by bringing together leading voices on UAP from academia, government, and industry. Much more than an academic conference, this first-of-its-kind meeting will see its participants propose government policies, programs of research and funding, and investment strategies by which institutional, economic, and cultural resources adequate to the magnitude of the phenomena can be marshaled and organized. Sol also intends with this event to elevate public discourse on UAP, demonstrating that intellectual sobriety and mature professionalism can yield new insights into these anomalies par excellence.


  • Dr. Garry Nolan – Sol Foundation Chairman of the Board, Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Peter Skafish – Sol Foundation Director, formerly Collège de France, UC Berkeley, and McGill University

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jonathan Berte – AI Entrepreneur and Robovision Chairman
  • Dr. Eric Davis – Theoretical physicist, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Dr. Timothy Gallaudet – Rear Admiral, US Navy (Retired) and Former Administrator, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Jairus Victor Grove – Director, Hawai’i Research Center for Future Studies and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Hawai’i, Mãn’ua
  • Dr. Avi Loeb – Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Director, the Galileo Project
  • Leslie Kean – Journalist and Author, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.
  • Dr. Kevin Knuth – Associate Professor of Physics, University of Albany
  • Larry Maguire MP – Member of Parliament, House of Commons of Canada
  • Charles McCullough III – Inspector General of the Intelligence Community under the Obama Administration
  • Christopher Mellon – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and  Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Karl Nell – US Army (Retired), former Deputy Chief of Staff, US Africa Command
  • Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka – Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Dr. Hal Puthoff – CEO, Earthtech
  • Dr. Paul Thigpen – Retired Professor of Theology
  • Dr. Iya Whiteley – Director of the Centre for Space Medicine, University College, London
  • Dr. Beatriz Villarroez – Director of the VASCO project; Assistant Professor, Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics, Sweden
  • Dr. Jacques Vallée – Computer scientist, venture capitalist, author.

Due to limited room capacity, in-person attendance at Stanford is by invitation only. Professional requests to attend are welcome and should be made though the contact form below. (Address for media requests will be posted shortly.)

Video of the event will be made available at a later date.

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