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 animated film marks International Year of Plant Health 2020

21 May 2020

Diseases that devastate African communities are the focus of a brand new short animated film launched by The CONNECTED Virus Network, based at The Universities of Bristol and Newcastle, UK. The network’s focus is bringing together world-class researchers to find ways of tackling… Read more

Reflections on a bioinformatics training course funded by CONNECTED

14 May 2020

Rose Tafadzwa Masekesa is a CONNECTED network member who wrote this blog having successfully applied for CONNECTED funding to attend a bioinformatics course which began in January 2020 at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. As an avid molecular virologist, my passions lie… Read more

Sneak preview: the 2020 CONNECTED animation

1 May 2020

The CONNECTED Network is delighted to again this year be working with student animators from The University of The West of England and their tutors, to create a brand new 90-second animated film. We are pleased to share some advance visuals from this… Read more

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Recent Events

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

on 10th June 2019 at

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

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

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