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.
Come and join us!
A truly global network
Dr Glato Kodjo
11 March 2019
We are sure that all members of plant science and entomology communities will share the deep sadness with which we learned that one of our network members, Dr Glato Kodjo, a professor-researcher at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lome, Togo,… Read more
The British Academy: GCRF networking grants
4 March 2019
Details have been announced of a scheme from The British Academy which allows researchers from developing countries and the UK to forge new links and hold networking events to generate innovative and interdisciplinary research ideas to address global challenges. The deadline for applications… Read more
Unifying Cassava Brown Streak Disease surveillance
11 February 2019
This article is one in a series outlining 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. Unifying Cassava Brown Streak Disease surveillance A… Read more
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