ALIENS, ghosts and fairies are set to descend on the Capital as experts explore the mysterious world of the supernatural.
The Scottish UFO and Paranormal Conference will focus on events so strange that they could be a case for Mulder and Scully from The X-Files.
An eight-hour gathering at the Pleasance Theatre on June 20 will urge visitors to look at spooky goings-on with an open mind in a bid to disentangle science fiction from science fact.
Malcolm Robinson, the founder of Strange Phenomena Investigations and the author of several books on the subject, said the conference aimed to educate people about unexplained phenomena.
He said: “We wanted them to look very carefully and sincerely at these events. Once people laughed at the Wright Brothers and John Logie Baird. But just because something appears ridiculous at first doesn’t mean we should throw the baby out with the bath water.”
He added: “We are very pleased to provide a conference which covers a wide range of paranormal events and we have some of the top speakers in their field from the UK.”
According to the experts, there is a rational explanation for the vast majority of UFO sightings, with atmospheric phenomena such as ball lightning, saucer-shaped clouds and military aircraft accounting for just some of them.
But Mr Robinson stressed that there are still a small percentage of UFO reports that remain “baffling”, and it is to solving these mysteries that experts in the field devote their time.
The conference will kick off with a talk by writer Brian Allan entitled Truth Lies and UFOlogy in which he will suggest that some classic sightings may have alternative explanations, including examples of our own top-secret military technology.
Mr Allan has been writing articles embracing all kinds of paranormal themes for more than 30 years and has published several books on the subject. He will ask whether or not classic UFO sightings could be our own technology.
In his talk Exposing a UFO Cover-Up, James Welsh will show his audience evidence of things he claims Nasa did not want the public to know, including UFOs hovering around their space station.
Alyson Dunlop, who claims to have been attacked by a vampire-like being in her home and to have seen a bright orange UFO zigzagging through skies above the Carron Valley reservoir, will discuss the possibility of communicating with aliens via shamanism, while Ron Halliday will ask whether UFOs and their occupants are real or just figments of our imagination.
Ewan Irvine will talk about psychic powers, and Peter McCue will discuss UFO cover-ups and conspiracies.
Nick Kyle will give a lecture on the Scole Experiments which were investigations into mediumship and afterlife.
The conference will also feature photographs of ghostly happenings, strange glowing orbs and what some have claimed is an image of a real-life fairy.
The event, sponsored by Phenomena Magazine, will start at 10am and is due to finish and 8pm. Tickets cost £10.