CONNECTED Vector-borne Plant Virus Training Program

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Published on: November 7, 2019

A group of African early career researchers feature in a new short film about vector-borne plant viruses that devastate crops in Sub-Saharan African countries.

The seven-minute film focuses on the ground-breaking Virus-Vector Vice-Versa training course for early career researchers, run by the CONNECTED Network, which took place at The University of Bristol, UK, in summer 2019.


A group of early career researchers from 11 African countries took up fully-funded places at the course. The film features interviews with delegates discussing: 

  • what they learned on the course
  • how they will use their new skills and knowledge, and
  • the value to them of the collaborative CONNECTED network.

There are also clips from interviews with:

  • Prof. Nicola Spence, Defra, UK (Chair of the CONNECTED Management Board)
  • Prof. Gary Foster, University of Bristol (CONNECTED Network Director)
  • Prof. Susan Seal, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich (CONNECTED Management Board member).

In the film Prof. Foster says: “CONNECTED is sowing the seeds of a new generation of collaborators, whose work will transform African agriculture for the next 20 to 30 years.”

You can watch below or on the CONNECTED Vimeo channel.



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