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About Us

UFO Research Queensland is a voluntary, non-profit association established in 1956 to receive, research and document UFO sightings. We are situated in the city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

UFO Research Queensland’s official policy is that there now exists, and has for many years, a large body of well attested sightings which are so unambiguous that the only reasonable inference is that extraterrestrial vehicles are flying through our atmosphere, landing on the ground, and entering our oceans.

We also believe that some accounts of face to face meetings with the occupants of these vehicles are true and honest and provide an important body of further documented information.

As the number of witnesses coming forward who have had sightings and close encounters with UFOs increases across the world, governments can no longer keep UFOs an “X-File” from society. We welcome and invite all who are interested in the UFO phenomenon and desire to face the unknown by gaining further knowledge.

Our organisation maintains records of our research and exchanges information with other such groups within Australia and overseas. We hold that the proper handling of the UFO phenomenon is vital to our future well-being, and we strive to help our society to achieve this.

Your support and involvement is vital.


Below is a list of Committee positions and the people that currently occupy them. Committee positions are open to all members of UFO Research Queensland Inc. 

President: Sheryl Gottschall

Vice-President: Barry Taylor

Secretary: Barry Taylor

Public Relations: Sheryl Gottschall, Dr Gemma Regan, Tino Pezzimenti

Treasurer: John Conlon

Membership: Lee Paqui

Sightings & Close Encounters: Sheryl Gottschall , Barry Taylor

Editor: Lee Paqui

Officers: Colin Philips


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Sheryl Gottschall – President

Sheryl has had a life-long interest in the paranormal and began actively studying the paranormal in 1980 with her interest in Near Death Experiences. Soon after she joined the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDs) and in 1995 hosted Dr Ken Ring on tour in Australia presenting research for his future book Mindsight: Near Death and Out Of Body Experiences In The Blind.

In 1988 Sheryl’s  other interest in extraterrestrial life led her to join the Brisbane based Association, UFO Research Queensland and in 1992 Sheryl, with her late husband Dr Martin Gottschall, established the first close encounter support group in Brisbane. Sheryl’s current research bridges the Afterlife and UFO subjects, and in 2012 she established the monthly Afterlife Discussions group. She continues to find links between close encounters with non-human intelligences and the afterlife and believes that the two great mysteries of our time, are we alone in the universe and what happens when we die, may be more deeply connected than we realise.   

Sheryl has had many paranormal experiences herself including an NDE, Out of Body experiences (OBE), UFO sightings, a close encounter with nonhuman intelligences (ETs), poltergeist activity, automatic writing, and other unexplained phenomena; all of which propel her to continue on her quest to understand what it means to be human. She speaks regularly about the UFO phenomenon and the Afterlife at public meetings, conferences, community groups, schools and library groups, and has given hundreds of media interviews. She writes for UFO and New Age magazines and worked as a clinical hypnotherapist. She was a regular guest on the weekly Spooky Action radio show (2018) and co-hosted the Strange Encounters radio show in 2019 – 2020. 


Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor – Photo and video analyst

Barry witnessed his first UFO at age 11 but it was not until a close encounter in 1970 that he became actively involved in UFO Research. From 1996 to 1999, while living in Grafton NSW, Barry witnessed numerous “waves” and “flaps” during both day and night observations, many of which he captured on film.

In 1997, during a period of high UFO activity, his interest developed into full research and video analysis. Over time, Barry observed many different types of UFOs and developed proven techniques to see them, resulting in some very close encounters.

Barry has been a guest speaker at several UFO conferences and seminars with UFOR NSW and presented his experiences to a wide audience there. A lifetime of UFO experiences has been published in his book, UFO DOWN-UNDER – How to see UFOs and photograph them.
UFO Blog Page

UFO Book

UFO Videos


Gemma Regan Public Relations

Dr Gemma Regan – Public Relations

Ph.D Biological Anthropology, B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Grad Dip. Edu: Science

Gem prides herself in having an open mind and uses her scientific background and multiple personal experiences to investigate unusual phenomena. She is a regular contributor to international journals and magazines and was named Australia’s Most Haunted Woman in New Idea (10 Nov, 2014)

Gem is is a 4 ZZZ Radio Host (Nyx Fullmoon) and program creator of the show “The Witching Hour” exploring the occult and supernatural
Listen on demand http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/the-witching-hour/


Lee Paqui – Editor UFO Encounter/Membership Officer

Lee Paqui has had a lifelong curiosity about UFOs and been a member of UFO Research Queensland since the mid-1990s. Her principle interests lie in the extraterrestrial influence on ancient civilisations and human development, and how the ET experience is shaping social evolution on Earth today. Lee has written for ‘UFO Matrix’ and ‘Spheres’ magazines, and is Editor of ‘UFO Encounter’, the bi-monthly publication of UFO Research Queensland.