IFSTAL Digest 01/11/2017

IFSTAL Digest 01/11/2017

by Harley Pope -
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IFSTAL Digest 01/11/17


Dear IFSTAL members,


First of all, I’d like to congratulate Patrick Shannon-Hughes from the Sustainable Food Production MSc at the University of Warwick for being selected for being the 50th person to introduce themselves on the Portal forum. Patrick will soon be receiving a £20 book token.  We will be running other competitions throughout the year so keep an eye on the digests for details!


There are lots of opportunities to participate in IFSTAL.  We have had a number of new blog entries that we suggest you have a look at.  We use the blogs to showcase the programme’s activities, but they’re also an opportunity for you to raise your profile.  If you have any ideas for something food related that you’d like to blog on, have a chat with or email your suggestions to your local EC who can support you.


To get the most from IFSTAL, if you haven't already, 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,


Harley, on behalf of the IFSTAL team.


IFSTAL Term 1 events

Our first workshops for this year (Workshop 1: Food Systems – Big Issues and Challenges) begin this week, today Wednesday 1st in Warwick and tomorrow, Thursday 2nd in Reading, Oxford and London. See the Events section of the Portal here for more details about attending your local workshop.

Events can also be viewed in the Portal in the Programme Overview here, and in the calendar here.

We also have several other events coming up in the next few weeks. Dates for your diaries:

  • Away Day: Communicating in the Food System. November 11th, University of Reading. For more information and to apply for a place, visit the events page on the Portal. More information about the day will appear shortly.  Applications close on Monday 6th.
  • 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. For more information and to register your place, visit the events page on the Portal.
  • 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!


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

  • Introduction to the Food System: Unit 1 preview A preview blog post on Unit 1 and how it fits into the programme and workshops.
  • The Vegetable Summit Reflections from the public event and new sector-wide campaign Peas Please.  
  • Systems Thinking and the Food System A useful introductory overview and background.
  • City Food Co-op Guest blog post about the Co-op at City, University of London, by one of its founders.
  • Pasture-fed Livestock Systems: sustainability starts with soil Reflections from the Pasture Fed Livestock Association's AGM by an IFSTAL alumni.



    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.

    Thanks to everyone who applied for a Bayer-sponsored place at the Oxford Farming Conference. Bayer are currently reviewing the applications and we will announce the winner on the portal in the coming days.


    Exclusive IFSTAL opportunity:

    Up to 5 funded places (covering travel expenses) for non-London students to attend the RVC/LSHTM One Health event on antibiotic resistance (London-based students also encouraged to attend). Taking place on Wednesday 8th November at RVC Camden, 5-7pm. Panel of experts from LSHTM, RVC and RUMA discuss different approaches to antimicrobials, followed by a drinks reception. This is a public, free event as part of the International One Health Day. You will need to register your attendance on Eventbrite. To apply for an IFSTAL travel bursary, please email your request to Lauren at: ifstal-lcirah@rvc.ac.uk. Please include your institution and course. Up to 5 places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.



  • 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-
  • 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
  • RVC/LSHTM One Health Day event on antibiotic resistance. Taking place on Wednesday 8th November at RVC Camden, 5-7pm. Panel of experts from LSHTM, RVC and RUMA discuss different approaches to antimicrobials, followed by a drinks reception. This is a public, free event as part of International One Health Day. To register your attendance and for more details, visit the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-health-and-antimicrobial-resistance-tickets-39215060301
  • Coventry University's Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) Research Centre is hosting a Book Launch on Tuesday 14th November, 6-10pm. To celebrate nine publications on the area of food, agriculture and food politics. The authors and editors will be there to briefly present highlights and celebrate over food, drink and entertainment. For more details and to attend please register here: https://www.eventsforce.net/cu/4195/home     
  • 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


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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