IFSTAL Digest - 31 May 2017

IFSTAL Digest - 31 May 2017

by Saher Hasnain -
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IFSTAL Digest 31/05/17

Dear IFSTAL Community,

I hope you are taking well-deserved breaks in the sunshine from exams, dissertations, and planning placements! Do have a look below on upcoming activities with IFSTAL (and others):

As always, your EC’s, PI’s, and Rosina are always happy to talk and help in any way we can.

 2016/7 Student Survey

Thank you to those who filled out our student survey, we had a great response rate and will be collating your feedback and taking it on board for improvements as we enter year 3. Winners of the prize drawer will be announced and contacted shortly. 

Research / Careers / Internships / Certificates

As some of you approach the end of your studies, IFSTAL may be able to help you with finding suitable opportunities in the workplace. Check out Rosina’s latest workplace update in the workplace forum HERE, and the workplace tile in general for links to research opportunities with OXFAM and opportunities to support the Sustainable Food Trust in their policy work.

Don’t forget to include IFSTAL on your CV – many organisations recognise and favour this.

If you would like a certificate to reflect your participation in IFSTAL, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal.



·         PhD Studentship: Ingredients of a Resilient Food Supply Chain. Loughborough University. Click here

·         PhD Studentship: Antibiotic use in companion animals: a mixed methods anthropological study. The Bloomsbury Colleges, University of London, LSHTM and RVC. Click here


·         There are quite a few positions at the moment, all listed in the latest Workplace Update here.


·         FSA Seminar: Global Food Security – Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World, 6th June from 12:00 to 13:00: The GFS coordinates food security research supported by partners across government departments and agencies, the devolved administrations, Research Councils, and Innovate UK. Come and hear about the latest developments in food security, how we are shaping and influencing the research agenda, and current and future activities of the programme.

Speakers: Dr. Riaz Bhunnoo, Head of the Global Food Security Programme, and David O’Gorman, Strategy and Policy Officer

For event details and registration, click here

·         TRF Food Sustainability Media Award. This event is organised in partnership with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition – food sustainability media award. The Award seeks to recognise outstanding reporting on issues related to food sustainability, both published and unpublished, in the categories of written journalism, photography and video. This would be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a potential topic of interest and to meet other media professionals and experts working in the area. Winners in the unpublished categories will win a place on a Thomson Reuters Foundation media training course on food sustainability. The deadline for submissions is 31st May

·         Plants, Power, and Social Change for Sustainable Food Futures. Thu 16 June 2017. Seminar by Dr Katharine Legun, University of Otago, New Zealand on the shifting dynamics in fresh food production from a critical and pragmatic perspective. Oxford. Registration

·         VentureFest, Oxford: From Start-Up to Scale-Up, 21st June, free registration for students. This one-day event showcases science and entrepreneurship and is a great opportunity to mix with successful entrepreneurs, showcase an idea or just browse the exhibition. Register here: http://www.venturefestoxford.com/venturefest-2017/    

·         Women's Environmental Network:  Sustainable Sustenance: How Can Your Diet Change the World? Thu 22 June 2017 18:30 – 21:30 BST. Speakers include: Guy Watson, Founder/CEO of Riverford Organic Farmers, Biba Hartigan, Founder/CEO of Climates Network, Dr Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network, Environmental Change Institute, Deidre Woods, Community Food Growers Network/BBC Cook of the Year 2016/Food Sovereignty Movement. Ecology Pavilion, London. Tickets here.

·         Pop up activity programme running every Wednesday 10-6 at Selfridges, London until June 8th 2017. A free drop in opportunity to engage in activities such as pea podding, tea making, herb bundling and spice grinding. Held around a giant table with lots of conversations happening about memory, culture, tradition and health. Click here for details.

·         Every Thursday 1-3 and 4-6 £15 SOAS Alumni ‘Anthropologists of Eating’ are running Bookable workshops alternating on the themes of the Sourdough Story and Preserves.  For more information email: anthropologistsofeating@gmail.com

·         IHR Food History Seminar will be held at 5.30pm on alternate Thursdays during the summer term. For further information, please see http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminar/food-history or email foodhistoryseminar@gmail.com You can also follow us on Twitter: @IHR_FoodHist

·         Utrecht University Summer School: Food Politics in the EU (3rd - 14th July 2017)  Middelburg, The Netherlands. For students who are interested in a comprehensive overview of key problems with respect to our food system and the way EU and national policies seek to address them. The course - co-funded by the Erasmus+ program - includes guest speakers, a full day excursion to local farms as well as a day to Brussels where we will focus on the glyphosate controversy. The course earns 4 ECTS credits and offers an optional exam for students who want to have a course grade in addition to a certificate of participation. Further info and application details can be found on the website: https://www.utrechtsummerschool.nl/courses/social-sciences/food-politics-in-the-european-union

·         We are pleased to announce the 5th “Eating City Summer Campus” July 24th - August 1st, inviting 28 participants aged 22-32, working & studying around food sustainability:  Chefs, Food Procurement Officers, Farmers & Fisherman and Foodies from EU Member States (Up to 20 participants) and U.S.A. (Up to 8 participants) to share this challenging adventure. Click here for more details


Calls for sessions/papers:  

·         Journal of Urbanism has a special issue call: ‘Food and Urbanism’. The aim is to explore and extend our knowledge and understanding of the ways that food and urbanism interconnect in diverse urbanism contexts worldwide. More information here, Deadline 1st September.

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