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 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

Spreading the word about the CONNECTED network

15 October 2018

With hundreds of members joining the network, successful funding calls, conferences and training events, CONNECTED is thriving … and we are looking for ways to grow further and wider. There are lots of ways that members can further contribute to the network: for… Read more

Improving food security through collaborative partnerships

4 October 2018

A child feeds on orange fleshed sweet potato in Central Uganda – Image credit ‘Winnie Nanteza/NARO-Uganda’ In a new blog post for The Cabot Institute, CONNECTED network member Joshua Raymond Muhumuza explores vital issues surrounding global food and nutrition security, with a particular focus… Read more

Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus workshop learns about CONNECTED

3 October 2018

Delegates at a Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) workshop in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, became the latest group of conference attendees to be introduced to the CONNECTED network. The September event brought together a number of CCSV experts to try to establish the sampling… 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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