Updated January 2023
Gerard sees the extraterrestrial presences as evidence of the evolution of consciousness and the universal manifestation of Life. In his books he takes the accounts of the original 1950s ‘contactees’ as a starting point, dating as they do from before the time when the narrative about ET visitors was contaminated by deliberate disinformation to contain the growing public interest in their calls for international cooperation during the Cold War. He was the first to explicate a method for qualitative research into claims of contact, for which he uses the transdisciplinary synthesis approach. His research into George Adamski signalled a thorough reassessment of this major case of contact, and led to his re-discovering of Adamski’s forgotten first publication, The Invisible Ocean, in 2018.
Gerard has a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), the Netherlands. After travelling the world as a backpacker in his late teens/early twenties, Gerard settled in Amsterdam as a translator. Around age 40, he reinvented himself as a teacher of English and soon became a teacher trainer at AUAS, where he held a teaching position at the School of Education since 2001 and continues to mentor students in their teaching practice today.