Welcome to Connected

CONNECTED is a Vector-borne Disease Network awarded to 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 Africa.

Network members will forge new links and consolidate 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 will provide 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 will work together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a Network member.

Come and join us!

Recent News

British MP’s visit to project tackling plant disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

2 August 2018

Thangam Debbonaire MP with Prof. Gary Foster discussing cassava plants at The University of Bristol Thangam Debbonaire MP, the Member of the UK Parliament representing Bristol West, visited CONNECTED Network Director, Prof. Gary Foster, to find out more about the global project, which… Read more

New comprehensive 40-page report on our Africa Launch Conference

1 August 2018

A new, comprehensive 40-page report on the CONNECTED Africa Launch Conference (Kampala, Uganda, May 2018), is now available for download using this link It provides a comprehensive commentary on • Presentations • Workshop discussions • Delegates’ flash presentations And it includes full details… Read more

Funding call: Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries

5 July 2018

A new Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding call – for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in developing countries – is scheduled to open on 9 July. The aim of the call… Read more

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Recent Events

Vector-Borne Diseases in the UK meeting (VBD2018)

on 03rd December 2018 at John Innes Centre

The next meeting on VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES IN THE UK (VBD2018) will be held at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park on December 3rd and 4th 2018. This meeting is generously supported through the Vector Biology and Climate Modelling Theme of the NIHR… Read more

Kampala ECR Training Workshop

00:00 on 10th May 2018 at

ECR Training Workshop: Kampala on 10th – 11th May 2018 Immediately following our Africa Launch Conference we will host a two-day training course for Early Career Research Network Members in Kampala. This will focus on leadership & management skills, grant and paper writing. Registration for… Read more

Africa Launch Conference

00:00 on 07th May 2018 at

The Africa Launch Conference of the CONNECTED Network will take place in Kampala, Uganda from  7 – 9 May 2018 It will be hosted by Dr Titus Alicai, from the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) and Professor Neil Boonham, CONNECTED Deputy Director from… Read more

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