Looking forward, I have the time, but not the money to attend the "Earth Transformation Conference" In two weeks in Hawaii, and though I might be able to drum up the money, the timing of February's "19th Annual International UFO Convention and Film Festival" in Laughlin, NV, is really bad, conflicting both with weekday classes and weekend commitments.
I am happy to see, however that some of the guest speakers for that conference will be in L.A. the week before, for the "Conscious Life Expo" at the LAX Hilton. I've spent way too much time on the site today, but think I've found a few events with alien subject matter. It's no Conspiracy Con, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
The expo happens a mere couple weeks before I think my final draft is due. This is lucky, because it is before the deadline, but less lucky because it's not enough before the deadline and I feel like it will just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of understanding the community. I'll probably start trying to find some of the speakers on YouTube in advance and see where that leads me as well.
Often I start researching something because I want a couple lines of realistic dialogue, and end up wanting to research enough to make a documentary film.
If you want to find an otherworldly conference near you, you can check out this link.