IFSTAL Digest 18/10/2017

IFSTAL Digest 18/10/2017

by Saher Hasnain -
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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 (at the Launch events hopefully!),


Saher, 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 23rd, 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!



·         Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Food System, Health, and the Environment: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEX310/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-food-systems-health-and-the-environment/


·         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 Blogs

·         IFSTAL preview: how it works. Read a preview blog post on how the IFSTAL programme works.

·         IFSTAL in a post-truth, Brexit, Big Data era. Write up of our recent Workplace workshop.

·         Your Food Systems Journey. Announcing our new reflective journey document.

·         World Food Day 2017.



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.


·         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

·         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

·         CULTIVATE: Art as research - a panel discussion with A is for Apple & the Food Research Collaboration, on Wednesday 18th October, 5-7:30pm, City, University of London. For more information and registration visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2017/october/cultivate 

·         Beyond the Foodbank? An Expert Panel Discussion, 25 October 6-8pm @ University of Warwick, Oculus Building, OC0.02

With Kayleigh Garthwaite, author of the award-winning book ‘Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain’; Simon Shaw, who leads Sustain’s work on food poverty at national, regional and local levels; Clara Widdison, national growth manager for Community Shop. Places are free but limited. Please register here

·         The ANH Academy and the African Nutrition Society are hosting a new webinar series exploring critical links between agriculture, livelihoods, health and individual and household nutrition in Africa. Five sessions will run from October 2017 to February 2018, with the first two on 19th October and 6th November. For more information visit http://anh-academy.org/academy-news-events/news/anh-academy-and-african-nutrition-society-partner-new-webinar-series-

·         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/

·         FSA Symposium on Social Science in the Food Standards Agency, Monday 6th November 10:30-17:30. Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. For more information and to register visit: https://www.food.gov.uk/science/research-reports/ssresearch/symposium-on-social-science-in-the-food-standards-agency

·         Food and Health Winter School by The University of Padova (Italy) and the University of Sydney (Australia), held in Padova, Italy, from January 29 to February 10, 2018. For more information visit: http://www.tesaf.unipd.it/en/foodhealth. Applications to be sent by November 22nd, 2017. Enrolment fee: EUR 800.

·         Oxford Food Thinkers Lunches: The Oxford Food Thinkers Lunches provide and informal and relaxed atmosphere for people working on food within the University of Oxford. Each lunch has a theme and two speakers, although the events are focused on discussions around the theme. For more information and to sign up for this term’s lunches, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-thinkers-lunches-michaelmas-term-2017-tickets-38729634379.

·         The BCFN Foundation’s 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition4th & 5th December 2017: The BCFN forum is an international platform aimed at identifying the pathways towards concrete solutions to the environmental, health, and socio-economic challenges affecting the food system. The 8th edition of the event focuses on food security, climate change, and migrations, sustainable food systems at the country and city level, and the reform of European agricultural policies. To register and take part, please visit: https://www.barillacfn.com/en/food_forum/forum_registration/

·         Food, Farming & Countryside Launch Event – 1st Nov (6-7:15 pm): Against a backdrop of change and uncertainty, this Commission is intended to help secure the future of safe, sustainable UK food & farming systems and to protect national environmental assets, of vital economic, social and cultural importance, for now and future generations. This launch event will be an opportunity to hear from Commissioners, the team and key stakeholders. It will be followed by a drinks reception and opportunity for networking. For further information and to sign up, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-farming-countryside-launch-event-registration-38533629122


·         The Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Food Environment Working Group (ANH-FEWG) has produced a short animation addressing what is meant by the term food environment; how can it be conceptualised, characterised and measured in different contexts, relating to its recently published technical brief, 'Concepts and methods for food environment research in low and middle income countries'. The animation can be seen here: http://anh-academy.org/food-environment-working-group-fewg-0

·         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

·         Grazed and Confused: A report produced by the FCRN dissecting claims made by different stakeholders in the debate on grazing systems and their emissions: http://www.fcrn.org.uk/projects/grazed-and-confused

·         A UNSCN Discussion Paper on Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet: https://www.unscn.org/en/topics/climate-change-and-nutrition?idnews=1739

·         The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Fellowship is a global network of 28.000 people who support the mission to enrich society through ideas and action: https://thersa.org

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).

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