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Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the IVVN Newsletter!

Members' survey

We would like to thank all members who have already taken part in this year's IVVN members' survey. If you have not already responded, we hope you can take part. This is an opportunity to give us your feedback about the Network, and to tell us how you think we could address issues affecting the veterinary vaccinology community. Members should check the email preceding this newsletter for the link – or contact us if you're reading this online.

IVVN African schools outreach programme launches in Zambia

The IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme has now launched in Zambia. The first Zambian outreach workshop took place last month, with scientists from the University of Zambia and the Central Veterinary Research Institute leading a workshop for 30 girls aged 13-16 years old. Read all about the workshop here.

International Women's Day 2020

Sunday 8 March was International Women's Day. We marked the day by celebrating the women leading IVVN-funded projects around the world. The six projects featured are led by Dr Caroline Wasonga at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Dr Kim Thompson at Moredun Research Institute in the UK, Dr Pamela Opperman at ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research in South Africa, Dr Thảo Ngô at the Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Dr Anna Lacasta at the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya and Dr Kate Sutton at the Roslin Institute in the UK. If you haven't seen the video yet, you can find it here.

Two weeks left to apply for the IVVN Fellowship Programme

There are two weeks left to submit a letter of intent for the IVVN Fellowship Programme. We announced the new funding scheme last month to address the under-representation of women in science in LMICs.

IVVN Fellows will receive funding to undertake a research project to address a key bottleneck to vaccine development. They will also be mentored by both local and international scientists, who will provide advice, broaden fellows' networks, and share experiences.

Find out more about the new fellowships here.

New members' database functions

You can now search the members' database by career stage, scientific discipline, host species, pathogen and the stage of vaccine development members are involved in.

Add in your details now: Those of you who haven't added your details can do so by logging in to the website, clicking the 'Edit' button on your profile and selecting the options that are relevant to your research or area of work.

Missing pathogen? If you can't see what you're working on listed as an option, please let us know, and we'll add it in.

Call for blogs

We are currently looking for research institutes and projects, especially in low- and middle-income countries, to feature on our blog. This is a great opportunity to let more people know about the research that goes on at your institute and find potential new collaborators. If you would like to hear more about what we're looking for, get in touch.

Articles and publications

Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa – and why we can expect more

Professor Suresh Kuchipudi
The Conversation, 4 March 2020

England badger cull to be replaced by vaccines in bovine TB fight

BBC News, 5 March 2020

Pirbright begins testing new coronavirus vaccines on animals to help combat COVID-19

The Pirbright Institute, 25 March 2020
Click here to view the latest scientific publications in veterinary vaccinology


Because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, many of the events listed on our website have been postponed. We continue to update our events listings, but please contact event organisers if you have any concerns.
Click here to view all events

Job Vacancies

Postdoctoral Fellow – African Swine Fever, VIDO-InterVac, Saskatoon, Canada

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), a research institute at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, is seeking to appoint postdoctoral fellows to work on African swine fever. Apply by 31 March 2020. Find out more here.

Click here to view all job vacancies


International Coordination of Research on Infectious Animal Diseases (apply by 31 March)
Deadline extended: Innovative Bovine TB Diagnostics Research Projects (apply by 2 April)
BactiVac Network: pump-priming funding for projects on vaccines against bacterial diseases (apply by 17 May)
Click here to view all funding opportunities
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