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

Training Grant awardees share their experience

29 July 2021

Three of our Training Grant awardees describe their experience at the University of Idaho Biology of Vector-Borne Disease course In June 2021 three of our Network members used their Training Grant awards to attend a Biology of Vector-Borne Disease training course at the… Read more

Creating the CONNECTED animation: Sam Maxwell explains the creative process

29 July 2021

Bristol School of Animation undergraduate Sam Maxwell explains the process of creating his CONNECTED animation This is the third time that CONNECTED has worked with students from the Bristol School of Animation at the University of the West of England. We have thoroughly… Read more

New animated film explains how CONNECTED is building capacity

24 June 2021

Plant Health: How The CONNECTED Network is Building Capacity in Sub-Saharan African countries A two-minute animated film summarising the value brought to Sub-Saharan African countries by The CONNECTED Virus Network has been launched. The film focuses on: the Network’s capacity-building through training and… 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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