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V4: The CONNECTED Development Programme for Early Career Researchers

Virus Vector Vice Versa

Applications opened to network members to attend Virus Vector Vice Versa (V4): 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 a joint understanding of virology and entomology which enables them to collaborate effectively on the research challenges of plant vector borne diseases in Africa.

The programme will combine:

  • scientific talks
  • general lab training skills
  • specific virology and entomology lecture and practical work
  • workshops
  • desk-based projects, and
  • soft skills training.

Places will be awarded by competitive application, and we are aiming to attract both virologists and entomologists. Funding is available to cover travel, accommodation, subsistence and all training costs of successful applicants.

The programme will aim to provide those who attend with:

  • new scientific knowledge
  • practical and technical experience
  • knowledge for cross-disciplinary working
  • knowledge and experience of writing collaborative funding applications to tackle important plant VBD problems, and
  • a new network of fellow ECRs.

Participants will be able to make use of these new skills in their home place of work, building capacity, for example in managing existing projects, developing new projects and techniques, and applying for research funding.

V4 will run from Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019 inclusive, at The School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

Applications closed on Sunday 24 February 2019.