Report from Vector-Borne Diseases Meeting: December 2018

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Published on: February 12, 2019

GARNet supported Warren Arinaitwe (Cambridge University PhD Student) to attend the Vector-Borne Diseases meeting at John Innes Centre, Norwich, 3rd -4th December 2018.

Meeting report from Warren: I presented a poster (see below) on Cucumber mosaic virus-induced changes on aphid-tomato interactions. The meeting brought together human, animal and plant scientists who shared their findings towards understanding the nature and context of vector-transmitted diseases. During the meeting, different scientists shared integrated strategies towards reducing vector-borne pressure in a range of ecosystems. I enjoyed and benefited more from the interdisciplinarity of the meeting. During poster sessions, I spoke about my research to participants who provided great inputs towards improving my research agenda. I also was able to network with fellow graduate students and senior scientists for future collaborative work in food security.

I had an opportunity to tour the insectary at the John Innes Centre where I learnt diverse ways of rearing different insect species from temperate and tropical environments. Lastly, I enjoyed the English folk dance at the Sainsbury Visual Arts Centre during the conference dinner. This was my first experience of English traditional music since he moved to the UK in 2017. I am very grateful to GARNet for supporting my travel to this uniquely-organised vector-borne meeting.  I look forward to participating in the next conference. 

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