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

Innovative science communication coaching by video conference

16 March 2020

19 early career researcher network members in 10 countries have taken part in, or been awarded places to, innovative science communication coaching sessions delivered by video-conference. The CONNECTED Network piloted the sessions in January 2020 and, following positive feedback from participants (see below),… Read more

Network members funded to attend bioinformatics training

27 February 2020

Meet two of our network members who successfully applied for CONNECTED funding to attend a leading bioinformatics course at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala: • Rose Tafadzwa Masekesa from The University of Zimbabwe, and • Leke Walter Nkeabeng from The Institute of Agricultural… Read more

‘Our plants; Our future’: a two-day conference supported by CONNECTED

10 February 2020

The CONNECTED Virus Network is proud to support ‘Our plants; Our future’, a two-day scientific conference being held in London, UK, at the Royal Society. It marks the International Year of Plant Health 2020, and will showcase the best of UK plant health… Read more

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Recent Events

T19: All-year round training opportunities for network members

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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

An introduction to virus and vector diagnostics

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‘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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