IFSTAL Digest 09/08/2017

IFSTAL Digest 09/08/2017

by Lauren Blake -
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Dear IFSTAL-ites, 

We hope you’re enjoying the sunny British summer (?!). As usual, in keeping you up to date, please have a look below for important announcement/updates and information on events and opportunities. 


Portal Announcement 

You must complete your online course by the 14th of August 2017(Monday) especially if you want to apply for your certificate for this year (further information on this below). After this date, the Portal will also be undergoing some changes with content being changed, and sections being moved. 


Becoming IFSTAL Alumnus 

Current students due to finish will officially become IFSTAL ‘alumni’ on Friday 1st SeptemberTo stay connected with IFSTAL and our Food Systems Community after graduating you can: 

  • Be a part of a large and diverse community of over 900 food systems thinkers including junior and senior workplace practitioners, alumni and students. 

  • Find out about relevant careers and skills development opportunities including jobs, internships, research opportunities and placements. 

  • Access IFSTAL’s online resources on the Portal. 

  • Keep in touch with your peers and friends from IFSTAL  

  • Be invited to selected IFSTAL events. 

There are a number of ways to stay connected: 

  • Update your email in the Portal to a personal email address so that you can continue to access it after your institutional email expires. 

  • Login as usual 

  • Click on your name in the top right corner and select edit profile 

  • Go to your email address and change to your new address 

  • Scroll down to update profile and click. 

  • This should then save your new email. 

  • Sign up to the IFSTAL partners mailing list: http://eepurl.com/cQdDFj 

  • Join the IFSTAL LinkedIn group  

  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

  • Become an IFSTAL alumni ambassador for your institution – Contact Rosina if you are interested 


Please look out for Portal notifications and messages with further instructions and information on how to stay part of the food systems community.  


New Blogs 


Research / Careers / Internships 

Click here for current opportunities and don’t forget to include IFSTAL on your CV! 


  • WRAP is looking to host some PhD interns in 2018 Closing date 10th August 2017Research Councils UK is running a policy internship scheme allowing PhD students funded by the various RCUK research councils to get experience in a policy-relevant organisation. The placements offered are in this document: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/skills/doc-6-rcuk-policy-internships-host-partner-info-final-pdf/with WRAP being the final organisation on page 45. 

  • Various postdoctoral opportunities working on the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) project on the future of animal-sourced foods, based at the University of Oxford (closing dates vary). Details and application HERE  

  • Full Time Post Doctoral Research Fellow- policy-focusedresearch on (Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems in South Africa. Working with Professor Corinna Hawkes, in collaboration with partners at University College London, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and other collaborators. Details and applicationHERE 

  • Full Time Post Doctoral Research Fellow-  Policy-oriented research projects related to child obesity. Working with Professor Corinna Hawkes, in collaboration with partners at University College London, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and other collaborators. This new position is to work within programme of policy-focused research, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Details and application HERE 

PhD Funding: 

  • PhD studentship in agriculture and climate change at the University of Reading and Rothamsted Research. Closing date: 14 August 2017. Any enquiries should be directed to Dr Jake Bishop j.bishop@reading.ac.uk. For more information see www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/apd/apd_pgr_readroth.pdf 

  • PhD: The Nigel Baker PhD Studentship at Coventry University:closes 31st October Assessing the impact of agroecological practice – transdisciplinary approaches in contrasting geographical contexts. Details and application HERE  


IFSTAL Certificate 

If you would like a certificate for your participation in IFSTAL, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at any time. 



The House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement would like to hear your thoughts on these areas:  

  • The meaning of citizenship and civic engagement in the 21st Century  

  • The rights and responsibilities attached to citizenship  

  • The state of citizenship education and the role that it plays in creating active citizens  

  • The role of voluntary citizenship schemes such as the National Citizen Service  

  • The ways society can support civic engagement and the role of Government and Parliament in supporting that  

  • The values that all of us who live in Britain should share and support  

  • The relationship between civic engagement and social cohesion  

Your answers don’t have to be long, and they don’t have to cover all these points.   

Send a written submission on the inquiry web page by Thursday 8 September 2017.   

Informal submissions   

If you'd like to send a more informal submission, you can email videos, blog posts, poems, posters, postcards, cartoons or even music to HLCitizenship@parliament.uk by 30 November 2017.  

What are select committees?  

Find out more about select committees, how they affect government policy and how you can get involved.  Learn more about select committees   



There are many Food Festivals in the UK this summer, why not satisfy your taste buds by a visit to one of them. 


Calls for sessions/papers:  

  • Journal of Urbanismhas 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. 

  • Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018. The 2018 Oxford Real Farming Conference will be held in the Oxford Town Hall on 4th & 5th January. As always, this unique gathering of the UK's sustainable and organic food and farming movements will offer a practical mix of on-farm advice, showcasing new techniques for best practice in agroecological farming, as well as broader discussions on what needs to change to create real change in the food system. For more details see the call for session ideas. 


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