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

30 researchers, 14 countries: major training event to help tackle African food crop challenges

16 May 2019

Dozens of early career researchers from Sub-Saharan African countries will attend a ground-breaking two-week training course at the University of Bristol next month. It’s organised by the Bristol-based CONNECTED research network, which works to find ways of tackling plant diseases that devastate African… Read more

Ento '19: CONNECTED workshop confirmed

13 May 2019

CONNECTED is delighted to confirm that the network will running a workshop at ‘Ento ‘19’, the International Symposium & Annual National Science Meeting of The Royal Entomological Society. The focus of this year’s three-day event (20-22 August), which takes place at London School… Read more

Brand new film: our virus and vector diagnostic course

9 May 2019

The CONNECTED network is delighted to unveil a brand new film, made about the training course organised by CONNECTED in association with BecA-ILRI Hub, in Kenya in March 2019. Nairobi-based film makers Re-tuning Cinema in Africa made the seven-minute movie, which features interviews… 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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