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 will forge new links and consolidate 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 will provide 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 will work together with funders, farmers, stakeholders and policy makers.

Anyone with an interest in plant virus vector-borne disease can become a Network member.

Come and join us!

Recent News

A community to promote open science practices in plant pathology

21 February 2018

Open Plant Pathology is a community of modelers and computational researchers involved in • plant pathology • plant disease epidemiology • pathogen population biology • microbial ecology and • genomics that supports the several forms of Open Science practices in Plant Pathology. You… Read more

Cassava facts: an infographic

19 February 2018

Some facts about cassava, its importance to Africa, and the cost of the diseases that devastate its productivity Read more

Africa Launch Conference dates confirmed

12 February 2018

Dates for the Africa Launch Conference of the CONNECTED network have been confirmed. Hosted by Dr Titus Alicai, a member of the CONNECTED Management Board, it will take place from from Monday 7th May – Friday 11th May 2018, at the National Crops Resources… Read more

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Recent Events

Africa Launch Conference

00:00 on 07th May 2018 at

The Africa Launch Conference of the CONNECTED network will take place in Uganda from Monday 7th May – Friday 11th May 2018 It will be hosted by Dr Titus Alicai, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge, Kampala. More details to follow… Read more

Plant and Agricultural Sciences Fellowship event

09:00 on 26th February 2018 at The School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

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UK Launch Conference

on 29th January 2018 at

Our UK Launch Conference will be held in Bristol on Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 January 2018. Registration is now open, and remains open until Monday 22 January.  You can find out more about conference arrangements, and register to attend using this link Conference… Read more

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