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

Correlating disease symptoms with virus levels: a pump-prime funded project profile

17 January 2019

Another in a series of  short articles, outlining the scope of the nine research projects which are currently being undertaken, funded by CONNECTED in the first phase of pump-prime funding. To read all the available articles use this link Correlating disease symptoms with… Read more

Developing biopesticides against whitefly: a pump-prime funded project

10 January 2019

This is one in a series of short articles, outlining the scope of the nine research projects which are currently being undertaken, funded by CONNECTED in the first phase of pump-prime funding. To real all available articles use this link. Developing biopesticides against… Read more

V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchers

7 January 2019

Virus Vector Vice Versa Applications are now open to network members to attend Virus Vector Vice Versa (V4): 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… Read more

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Recent Events

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

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. Read more

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