IFSTAL Digest 04/10/17

IFSTAL Digest 04/10/17

by Lauren Blake -
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Dear IFSTAL-ers, old and new,

Welcome back to our ongoing students, and a very warm welcome to the new ones joining us in the IFSTAL network. The new academic year is well under way and we’re preparing for our 2017/2018 launch! To get the most from IFSTAL, please fill out your profile page on the portal and introduce yourself here on our discussion forum. 

Below is information about upcoming events, important announcements, activities and opportunities. Do keep an eye on the IFSTAL Portal as this is where we post information about our events and resources.


We look forward to seeing you soon,

Lauren, on behalf of the IFSTAL team.


IFSTAL Launch and Term 1 events

IFSTAL 2017/18 launches on Thursday 19th October. We'll be livestreaming between the different IFSTAL institutions and hosting discussions and networking receptions locally. See the Events section of the Portal here for more details about attending the launch event at your local site, meet other IFSTAL participants, alumni and staff and get involved with IFSTAL.

Events can also be viewed in the Portal in the Programme Overview here, and in the calendar here. Dates for your diaries – forthcoming IFSTAL events in Term 1:

·         Workshop 1: Food Systems – Big Issues and Challenges. November 1st (Warwick) November 2nd (all other institutions)

·         Away Day: Communicating in the Food System. November 11th, University of Reading

·         Workshop 2: Scoping Interventions – a Systems Approach. November 15th (Warwick) November 16th (all other institutions)

·         Webinar: with Dr Barbara Haesler (RVC) and Prof Martin Caraher (City). November 21st online (see portal for details)

·         PhD Workshop: November 21st, University of Oxford

·         Public Lecture: Professor Tim Lang, December 1st, SOAS, University of London (see portal for local events).

Check regularly on the events page on the IFSTAL portal for more details.


Research / Careers / Internships

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


·         Food Ethics Council Project lead, farm animal welfare metrics, part-time for 12 months, closes 5th October more details: http://foodethicscouncil.org/getinvolved/jobs/job-project-lead.html

·         Sustain: the alliance for food and farming Right to Food Co-ordinator working with project partners Just Fair, Nourish Scotland and the Institute for Health and Society at Newcastle University. One year post, working towards securing a new right to food in UK law. Closes 9th October more details: https://www.sustainweb.org/jobs/2017_right_to_food_coordinator/

·         University College London Research Associate, Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) working on a Wellcome Trust funded SHEFS project closes 9th October more details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEF451/research-associate-sustainable-and-healthy-food-systems-shefs/

·         Food Standards Agency Imports and Exports Delivery Manager, London, Closing date: 12th October 2017 https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1558259

·         Food Standards Agency Intelligence Officer, National Food Crime Unit. Closing date: 17th October 2017 https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1557841 

·         Food Standards Agency Senior Intelligence Officer, National Food Crime Unit. Closing date: 15th October 2017 https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1557806

·         Be a food hero! FareShare needs volunteers in South East London to help in the fight against hunger and food waste. See here for details: http://www.fareshare.org.uk/foodheroes


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

New Blog

·         Interview with IFSTAL Programme Leader Dr John Ingram. Read about some of the drivers, rationale and successes of IFSTAL.




·         Bayer sponsored place for IFSTAL at Oxford Farming Conference 2018. The three day conference is from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th January. The sponsored place is for one IFSTAL participant (current or alumni) to attend the 2018 event entitled ‘Embracing Change’. This will include all transport, accommodation and ticket costs. For more information on how to apply by 23rd October, please see the Portal here for details.



·         Concern Worldwide – Inequalities of Hunger. Monday 16th October 5:30-7pm. Venue: The Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD. Marking World Food Day, there will be a discussion with invited speakers on reaching the Global Goal of ending world hunger by 2030, and the launch of the 2017 Global Hunger Index report. Registration here: https://www.concern.net/en/GHIreportlaunch

·         End Hunger UK National Campaign Conference: 17th of October. Will be of interest for those interested in community food justice (some travel bursaries may be available through End Hunger UK) - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/end-hunger-uk-national-campaign-conference-tickets-36863521786 

·         Thomas Coram Research Unit Lunchtime Seminar - John Boswell: How to fight the war on obesity. Tuesday 17th October 1-2pm, The Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, 27/28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA. No need to book. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Enquiries to rebecca.oconnell@ucl.ac.uk

·         Sociology Department Research Seminar: Learning to Think About Food: An Anthropological View. Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths, Chair: Martin Caraher, Centre for Food Policy, City University, 18th October  2:30-4pm DLG20, City, University of London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
 Pat Caplan is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths, where she helped found the anthropology department in the 1970s. She has worked regularly in Tanzania (Mafia Island on the east coast) and South India (Chennai) and has also carried out research in the UK on food and health. Her most recent book is a historical biography of a Tanzanian. She is currently engaged in a study of food poverty in the UK.

·         People-Powered Local Food Communities: How we can promote local collaboration for better food surplus redistribution and more sustainable food systems, Wednesday 18th October, 4pm to 6pm, Palace of Westminster, Committee Room 12
 A debate with Kerry McCarthy MP, Katy Anderson, Co-Founder, Shrewsbury Food Hub, Nick Davies, Founder, Neighbourly, Peter Lefort, England Country Manager, Eden Project Communities, Carina Millstone, Executive Director, Feedback, Lynne Stubbings, Chair, National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Closing: Frank Field MP, APPG on Hunger
How to join: Please RSVP by 4th October by emailing your name, role, organisation and contact details, to: rebecca.mills@neighbourly.com PLEASE NOTE: For meetings held at the Houses of Parliament it is mandatory to confirm your attendance in advance. Entry for those not on the register will not be permitted.

·         Oxford Pumpkin Festival, by Good Food Oxford, running from the 28th of October to 5th of November. An annual event that encourages people to eat instead of discarding Halloween pumpkins, the festival has spread widely across the UK. Please see the following link for the events: http://goodfoodoxford.org/oxford-pumpkin-festival/



·         Bloomsbury Digital Resources is excited to announce the launch of the Bloomsbury Food Library - an unparalleled resource for students, researchers, and scholars. It combines comprehensive reference works with cutting-edge academic research, a wealth of educational resources, and primary materials. All of our online resources are available for free institutional trials. Please visit www.bloomsburyfoodlibrary.com for more information

·         Food Access Map – database of services providing free or subsidized food within Oxford: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/foodservicesmap


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.

·         The European Institute for Food History and Cultures (the IEHCA) is organising its Fourth International Convention on Food History and Food Studies, 78 June 2018 – Tours (France). Two types of submission, with free choice of subject, will be accepted: Individual submissions and Submissions for “panel” sessions on a given theme. Closing date 15th November. For more information, please contact: Loïc Bienassis (loic.bienassis@iehca.eu) and and Allen Grieco (allengrieco@gmail.com).


Becoming IFSTAL Alumnus

Current students due to finish have now officially become IFSTAL ‘alumni’. 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.

o   Login as usual

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

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

o   Scroll down to update profile and click.

o   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.


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.

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·         LinkedIn

·         Twitter

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