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Astronomer trying to find sponsors for Vienna Conference

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Date added: 21 Aug 2018

Even though I am registered to present my results at the International Astronomical Union meeting in Vienna, I have not been able to find sponsorship to pay for the flight there, or for registration, so I set up a crowdfunding appeal at https://www.gofundme.com/battle-for-belonging.

I have made some important discoveries on the distribution of planets around other stars. It is too bad that my paper is still stuck in peer review after two months.

Honestly, I am trying to figure out how to promote getting supported due to being in the unusual situation of not having institutional funding. I would rather only be positive about my results, but then I get asked why don't I receive government funding if my results are so good. It's better to be honest that my publications record has been hurt too badly due to retaliation by my last major employer, a private observatory. No credit on my publications has sunk my requests for support.

Part of why I need to attend the meeting is to also give my presentation to promote the protection of employees in science. In the U.S., employees can too easily be bullied due to poor representation by unions (which I am glad to report is changing in California). I do not think that in Europe anyone could be kept out of science in acts of retaliation. The retaliation was from a Boss angry after forcing his personal issues on me. So I also seek to attend as a human rights issue: that scientists have a right not to be thrown out of collaborations.

This is honestly a research project in itself of how to get support to get back into a research field after having been pushed out of science.

But I would love to emphasize how much I love science, and how hard I worked to promote my results of a strange gap in the distributions of planets.

Please follow my blog starting at http://astrostuart.blogspot.com/2015/ where
I describe how I went to this same IAU meeting in 2015 in Honolulu but did not have the money to register to go into the event. I will start posting updates at my blog at astrostuart.blogspot.com. My science is at http://astrostuart.blogspot.com/2016/05/rings-and-gaps-everywhere-do-same.html

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