The core CONNECTED philosophy is that we can solve the problems of vector-borne crop disease by creating and maintaining a strong global network of researchers. Through ongoing networking activities, including conferences, seminars and outreach, we continue to amass and leverage international expertise within an engaged and collaborative network of professionals.  

The Network

The CONNECTED Network has developed a multidisciplinary network of 1,500 members in over 80 countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. The network brings together plant pathologists and entomologists.

It provides opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers, through in-person and online conferences and training events. The network also provides resources for researchers to share with their own audiences.

Upcoming events

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CONNECTED online Conference: 28 – 30 June 2022
Bringing together plant pathologists, entomologists and agricultural innovators… Read more.

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CONNECTED Online Seminars 2022

Look out for more online networking seminars with some great talks – the next one is coming up in May. Read more.


Past events

The network formally launched in 2018 with two major events. You can read about the UK Launch Conference, January 2018 and the Uganda Launch Conference, May 2018. You can also watch a short film about the Uganda Launch Conference here.

In autumn 2020 the network held a major two-week online conference comprising  research presentations, workshops and networking involving researchers from across the globe. You can read more about The ‘Springboard To Impact’ virtual conference here.

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