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Spreading the word about the CONNECTED network

With hundreds of members joining the network, successful funding calls, conferences and training events, CONNECTED is thriving … and we are looking for ways to grow further and wider. There are lots of ways that members can further contribute to the network: for…

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Improving food security through collaborative partnerships

In a new blog post for The Cabot Institute, CONNECTED network member Joshua Raymond Muhumuza explores vital issues surrounding global food and nutrition security, with a particular focus on Africa. The article discusses how scientists globally are increasingly coming together in collaborative partnerships to…

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Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus workshop learns about CONNECTED

Delegates at a Cacao Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) workshop in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, became the latest group of conference attendees to be introduced to the CONNECTED network. The September event brought together a number of CCSV experts to try to establish the sampling…

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Plant disease monitoring using social media

A report has been published outlining a successful disease-monitoring campaign that was run on social media channel Twitter. Twitter was used to monitor corn and soybean diseases in the USA during 2016 and 2017 as part of a campaign to involve crop scouts,…

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Apply now for CONNECTED Training Vouchers worth up to £3,000

Opportunities for lab visits, work shadowing, courses / workshops Applications are now invited from CONNECTED network members for a new scheme which allows early career researchers (ECRs) from any country to apply for a funded training visit, up to the value of £3,000.…

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Making a difference: Masters student reflects on work experience placement

For five weeks during summer 2018, the CONNECTED network team was joined by volunteer final year student, Katie Stevens, a final year Masters student at the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences, who undertook a voluntary work experience placement. The network team…

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Funding opportunity: Broad-Scale Pest & Disease Surveillance of Crop Plants in Low-Income Countries

A funding opportunity aimed at finding innovative tools and technologies for crop pests and disease surveillance over large geographic regions in low-income countries has been announced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Global Challenges programme. The deadline for applications is 14 November,…

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Funding opportunity: safer, more nutritious food for Africa

UK research organisations and businesses can apply for share of up to £3 million to develop and embed agri-tech and food chain innovations, collaborating with African countries. The application deadline is 21 November 2018. For more information and to apply, use this link

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Access to the AgShare.Today Roots, Tubers, Viruses and Vectors Library

As announced at the CONNECTED Africa Launch in Kampala, the AgShare.Today programme has kindly agreed to share its Roots, Tubers, Viruses and Vectors (RTVV) Library with the CONNECTED network. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), AgShare.Today aims to accelerate the…

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CONNECTED Pump Prime Funding awards

The full list of funding awards resulting from the first CONNECTED pump-prime funding call is listed below. This call was the first of two that will run during the CONNECTED project lifetime. To receive information about the second call, scheduled to open in…

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