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British MP’s visit to project tackling plant disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thangam Debbonaire MP, the Member of the UK Parliament representing Bristol West, visited CONNECTED Network Director, Prof. Gary Foster, to find out more about the global project, which is based in her constituency at The University of Bristol’s Life Sciences building. The Labour…

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New comprehensive 40-page report on our Africa Launch Conference

A new, comprehensive 40-page report on the CONNECTED Africa Launch Conference (Kampala, Uganda, May 2018), is now available for download using this link It provides a comprehensive commentary on • Presentations • Workshop discussions • Delegates’ flash presentations And it includes full details…

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Funding call: Agri-systems research to enhance livelihoods in developing countries

A new Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding call – for collaborative proposals to address research challenges relating to the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in developing countries – is scheduled to open on 9 July. The aim of the call…

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New video interviews: network members talk about CONNECTED

A series of new videos featuring several of our network members has been added the CONNECTED website resources area. Filmed during the project’s Africa Launch Conference in Kampala, Uganda, in May 2018, the short interview clips feature some of the conference delegates giving…

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Looking ahead to the next six months of the CONNECTED project

The six month point of any project is a good time to reflect and take stock. The small network team running CONNECTED has been in place since December 2017 so, six months in to the project, here’s a snapshot of some of the…

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Applications open for FLAIR Fellowships aimed at talented African early career researchers

Future Leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowships are for talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. These fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to…

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Africa conference confirms growing strength of plant disease research network

A plant science conference in Uganda which drew together dozens of world-class researchers from across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK this month has confirmed the growing strength of a network whose collaborations promise to deliver solutions to devastating crop diseases in the years…

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Update on CONNECTED Virus network funding calls

Full applications are now being submitted for the CONNECTED Virus Network’s first pump-prime funding call. A preliminary ‘expression of interest’ process concluded in early April, attracting dozens of funding proposals. Those selected to progress to the full application stage have been notified and…

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Africa launch conference full to capacity

The CONNECTED virus project Africa Launch Conference in Uganda (7-9 May) has proved so popular that the conference is now full to capacity, and we are unfortunately unable to accept further registrations. The two-day training workshop for Early Career Researchers, taking place immediately…

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Keynote speakers confirmed for CONNECTED Africa Launch Conference

With preparations for the CONNECTED Africa Launch Conference well under way, details of keynote speakers are being confirmed. On Monday 7 May, the first of the three days of the Uganda conference, there will be keynote research-focused presentations from • Dr Titus Alicai,…

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