The IVVN’s activities are centred around four key work areas: facilitation of networking between members, training early career researchers to ensure a strong research landscape now and in the future, supporting scientific collaborations that will help develop new and improved vaccines, and promoting gender balance in veterinary vaccinology research.
We seek to bring a large but widely dispersed community together through our international conferences and workshops. Since 2020, these activities have taken place online, and we hope to continue our webinars, virtual symposia and online workshops even as we look to resume in-person events.
Members are kept informed about the Network’s activities through our website, a monthly newsletter and our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
The IVVN is committed to supporting the training and development of early career researchers, especially those working in LMICs. We do this through conference scholarships to attend international meetings, running skills-based workshops at our annual conferences, and through our programme of online training courses.
The IVVN’s catalyst funding schemes award collaborative research to tackle key bottlenecks in LMIC-relevant vaccine development. Since 2017, we have funded 13 pump-priming awards worth up to £100,000 each. We also have a funding programme to facilitate laboratory exchanges with £10,000 available for each award; 11 exchanges have already been funded, with more projects due to be awarded soon.
The IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme equips a network of women African scientists with the knowledge and tools they need to host interactive workshops in their local schools. The programme launched in 2019 and now has team members based in seven African countries.
The IVVN also runs a Fellowship Programme for women postdoctoral researchers, which is co-funded with Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The first six project are now nearing completion, and our fellows recently presented at a special online dissemination event.