Welcome to Connected

CONNECTED is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol, UK. It is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries.

The Network Director is Professor Gary Foster (University of Bristol) and the Co-Director is Professor Neil Boonham (Newcastle University).

CONNECTED aims to build a sustainable network of international scientists and researchers to address the challenges of vector-borne plant viruses in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Network members are forging new links and consolidating existing ones to provide the collaborative, multidisciplinary approach essential for tackling vector-borne disease.

A key objective is to enable network members to successfully apply for research funding. To facilitate this, CONNECTED is providing pump-prime funding for a wide range of short term research projects which will be used as the basis for future funding applications with national and international funding organisations.

The network is working together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a network member. It is simple and free to join, using this link.

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Recent News

'Springboard To Impact' Virtual Conference, 21 Sept - 2 Oct

24 August 2020

The CONNECTED ‘Springboard To Impact’ virtual conference takes place from Monday 21 September to Friday 2 October via Zoom. This is a virtual conference of presentations, workshops and networking, offering delegates opportunities for consolidation, collaboration, and continuation. The conference will: provide reports on… Read more

Get involved: frameworks for agricultural innovation research project

24 August 2020

“Frameworks for agricultural innovation” is a new research project, undertaken by The CONNECTED Virus Network. It analyses what steps are most effective at turning scientific discoveries in the lab into real changes that have a positive impact on farmers’ working lives in sub-Saharan… Read more

'Springboard to Impact' Virtual Conference

1 August 2020

Mon 21 September – Friday 2 October 2020 A virtual conference of presentations, workshops and networking, offering delegates two weeks of Consolidation Collaboration, and Continuation The CONNECTED Network has been planning alternative delivery of what was originally due to be an in-person conference.… Read more

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Recent Events

CONNECTED Springboard to Impact Virtual Conference

08:00 on 21st September 2020 at Virtual Conference

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Please note carefully that all times stated are British Summer Time (BST, which is GMT +1) WEEK ONE Day 1, Monday 21 September Day 2, Tuesday 22 September Day 3, Wednesday 23 September Day 4, Thursday 24 September Day 5, Friday… Read more

T19: All-year round training opportunities for network members

on 01st January 2019 at

Training opportunities appear all year round, not just when a training funding application window is open. So for the whole of 2019 we are inviting applications from network members who see an existing training course or workshop they would like to attend which… Read more

V4 Early Career Researcher Development Programme

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Virus Vector Vice Versa (V4) is a fully-funded ten-day residential course at the University of Bristol, UK (10 – 21 June 2019). The purpose of V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) is to create a cohort of ECRs with… Read more

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