IFSTAL Digest 06/09/17

IFSTAL Digest 06/09/17

by Kelly Reed -
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Dear IFSTAL-ites,

To those who have now finished their studies we wish you good luck for the future and hope you stay engaged with IFSTAL! For those remaining we are busy creating a new and interesting range of activities and events for IFSTAL 2017/18, so do keep an eye out on the portal as we begin to release dates/times. As usual, please have a look below for important announcement/updates and information on events and opportunities.

Becoming IFSTAL Alumnus

Current students due to finish will officially become IFSTAL ‘alumni’ on Friday 1st September. To 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.

Research / Careers / Internships

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


  • Various postdoc 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
  • Postdoctoral Impact Fellow in Social Science (SWEEP), University of Exeter. Applications are invited for a social scientist with experience of engaging with farmers to work full time as a Postdoctoral SWEEP Impact Fellow on the project 'Decision support for the 25 Year Environment Plan: The North Devon Biosphere and Pioneer'. Closes 17th Sept. See HERE for more details
  • Environmental Management Research Support Assistant to provide efficient and effective project and administrative support to Professor Nick Voulvoulis at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. Closes 15th Sept. See HERE for more details
  • Crop Postharvest Scientist, University of Greenwich. The successful candidate will join the Food and Markets Department, which is particularly concerned with reducing postharvest losses and tackling global food waste. Closes 8th Sept. See HERE for more details
  • Certification Officer (Producer), Soil Association. Part time position in Bristol. Closes 7th Sept. See HERE for more details
  • CAG Project Officer, Resource Futures, Oxford. Part-time role focused on providing administrative and publicity functions to the project which supports the activities of local communities and over 60 established Community Action Groups around waste and carbon reduction, and related climate change / environmental / social issues. Closes 11th Sept. See HERE for more details
  • Policy Advisors, DEFRA. Multiple posts available to join one of two teams – either Marine and Fisheries or EU, International and Trade – you will have the opportunity to take on a broad array of work, including guiding policy  development, legislation, trade agreements, EU exit negotiations, and more. Closes 10th Sept. See HERE for more details.

PhD Funding:

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


  • Co-convenors for the British Sociological Association Food Study Group. Applications due by Friday 15th September.  For details click HERE


There are many Food Festivals in the UK this summer, why not satisfy your taste buds by a visit to one of them. We’re also starting to see events begin for the next academic year across our respective universities

  • The Great British Food Festival 2017:  https://greatbritishfoodfestival.com/
  • Complex Systems Thinking and NCP Prevention, LSHTM. Thursday 14th September
  • Global Citizens for the Future of Food webinar, 21st September, Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition. Information and registration here.
  • Food thinkers Seminar: “Addressing the global burden of obesity and undernutrition through integrated systems thinking and policy coherence” With guest speakers Prof Boyd Swinburn & Dr Anne-Marie Thow. Wednesday 27th September 5:30pm C309 Tait Building, City, University of London.
  •  Red Tractor Week, 11th to 17th September 2017, a 7-day campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the logo. Each day will focus on a different Red Tractor food group, with consumers encouraged to cook and eat from the different sectors each day. The campaign will involve support from prominent bloggers and retailers as well as competitions, recipes and meet the farmer videos. At the core of this will be information about Red Tractor standards across the supply chain.

  1. Monday – Poultry (chicken, duck, turkey)
  2. Tuesday – Dairy (milk, cheese, butter)
  3. Wednesday - Pork
  4. Thursday – Fruit
  5. Friday – Beef & Lamb
  6. Saturday – Vegetables (including Sugar and Potatoes)
  7. Sunday - Crops (incl. wheat)

            How to get involved?

There are a number of ways you can support and interact with this campaign:

  1. Post your own content, tag us using #trustthetractor;
  2. Share and like our content on social media;
  3. Supply us with videos and images to share.

Follow on Twitter and Facebook or for farmer updates on Twitter look for @RTFarmers.

Calls for sessions/papers:  

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.

Connect with us:

Don’t forget you can now also join the IFSTAL network on:

·         LinkedIn

·         Twitter

·         Facebook