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

New opportunity to deliver a CONNECTED Webinar

1 December 2020

From early 2021 we will be running a new series of CONNECTED Webinars, open to all network members. Each webinar will feature two different people, giving a presentation of approximately 20 minutes, followed by a 20-30 minute Question and Answer and networking session.… Read more

Cathrine Ziyomo joins Management Board

23 November 2020

We are delighted to welcome Cathrine Ziyomo as a new member of the CONNECTED Management Board. Cathrine is Program Lead at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub, Kenya, a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that provides and increases access to… Read more

INEXTVIR virology webinar successful applicants

23 November 2020

Places have been awarded to 12 CONNECTED Network members to attend a new series of virology webinars running through until April 2021. Organised by Innovative Network for Next Generation Training and Sequencing of Virome (INEXTVIR), these one-hour webinars will be held approximately fortnightly, and hosted… Read more

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Recent Events

CONNECTED Springboard to Impact Virtual Conference

08:00 on 21st September 2020 at Virtual Conference

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Please note carefully that all times stated are British Summer Time (BST, which is GMT +1) WEEK ONE Day 1, Monday 21 September Day 2, Tuesday 22 September Day 3, Wednesday 23 September Day 4, Thursday 24 September Day 5, Friday… Read more

T19: All-year round training opportunities for network members

on 01st January 2019 at

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

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