IFSTAL Digest 15 Nov 2017

IFSTAL Digest 15 Nov 2017

by Kelly Reed -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

We hope you are enjoying the Term so far! 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.

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IFSTAL Term 1 events

Dates for your diaries:

  • Workshop 2: Scoping Interventions – a Systems Approach. November 15th (Warwick) November 16th (all other institutions)
  • Webinar: Food Systems Research in Action, with Dr Barbara Haesler (RVC) and Prof Martin Caraher (City). November 21st online at 1pm (see portal here for details) Follow this link on the day to sign in: http://city.adobeconnect.com/ifstalwebinar/
  • POSTPONED - PhD Workshop: Intended for November 23rd, at the University of Oxford, the workshop has been postponed till early next year!  Unfortunately, this is due to a clash in schedule for intended speakers. Please get in touch with Saher (ifstal-oxford@eci.ox.ac.uk) for more information. We will update you with the new date as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
  • Public Lecture – 'Sustainable Diets for All': Professor Tim Lang, December 1st, SOAS, University of London (see portal here for details and local events). Book your ticket here for London.

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

Research / Careers / Internships

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


  • Be a food hero! FareShare needs volunteers to help in the fight against hunger and food waste. See here for details.

PhD Funding:

  • Four year PhDs available in the research area Agriculture and Food Security -Starting October 2018. University of Nottingham & Rothamsted Research BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. See here for more details. Deadline 08 December 2017.
  • Improving water and food security for smallholder farmer communities in sub-Saharan Africa through inter-disciplinary research. Southampton University – see here for more details. Deadline 12 January 2018
  • Reconciling food security and biodiversity conservation: an integrative modelling approach. Aberdeen University - see here for more details. Deadline 04 December 2017
  • Look through the below website for many more projects, just type in your key words: https://www.findaphd.com/

New Blogs




  • Coventry Food Charter Launch - Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 17:00-19:00, St. Mary's Guildhall, Coventry. See here for more details and how to sign up.
  • Sustain AGM and network evening 2017, Thursday, 23 November 2017 from 18:00 to 22:30, London, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Sign up here to attend.
  • Warwick Food GRP Showcase Event, 12th December 2017, 10.00-15.00, Maths and Statistics Building - MS.05, Warwick University. See here for more details
  • 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, For more information click here.     
  • 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 an informal and relaxed atmosphere for people working on food within the University of Oxford. Each lunch has a theme and two speakers. For more information and to sign up for this term’s lunches, click here.
  • 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/


For resources on food systems issues, working groups and networks you may find useful follow the link here. This will take you to the resources section in Unit 1 on the portal.

Calls for sessions/papers:  

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