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

Identifying the cause of a new disease threatenening Ghana’s cabbage crops

6 November 2019

This is the third article in a series outlining research projects which are funded by CONNECTED in Phase 2 of its pump-prime funding programme. To read all the articles about Phase 1 projects use this link.  Formal identification and characterisation of the viral… Read more

Two network members’ excitement for the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

5 November 2019

Sergine Ngatat Two African early career researchers who are members of the CONNECTED Network attended the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in late October 2019. Sergine Ngatat, from Cameroon, and Tendekai Mahlanza, from South Africa, travelled to Ethiopia for the event, which took place… Read more

Vector-borne plant virus training features in new seven-minute film

1 November 2019

A group of African early career researchers feature in a new short film about vector-borne plant viruses that devastate crops in Sub-Saharan African countries. The seven-minute film focuses on the ground-breaking Virus-Vector Vice-Versa training course for early career researchers, run by the CONNECTED… Read more

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Recent Events

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

on 10th June 2019 at

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

An introduction to virus and vector diagnostics

on 11th March 2019 at

‘An introduction to vector and virus diagnostics’, organised by CONNECTED and Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA – ILRI) Hub, will take place in Nairobi from Monday 11 to Friday 15 March 2019. The course will include an… Read more

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