IFSTAL Digest 29 Nov 2017

IFSTAL Digest 29 Nov 2017

by Rebecca Wells -
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IFSTAL Digest 29/11/17

Dear IFSTAL members, 

We are approaching the end of Term 1 and our last event of 2017, the Public Lecture, given by Professor Tim Lang this Friday 1st Decemberthere's still time to get tickets for Tim's lecture on sustainable diets at SOAS (register here) or to sign up for local linked events at your home institution. Also, the draft programme for the IFSTAL Symposium on food systems and trade on Saturday January 27 2018 at City University of London is now up, save the date, tickets will be available soon! In the meantime, register your interest to present your research in poster form (and win a prize) at the Symposium here 

Read on for more information about other 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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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 


IFSTAL Term 1 events  

Dates for your diaries: 

If you’re not able to make the live event we will be livestreaming to local events in Warwick, Oxford and Reading where there will be respondents/discussants to this lecture. 

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


Congratulations to Patrick Shannon-Hughes from the Sustainable Food Production MSc at the University of Warwick for being the 50th person to introduce themselves on the Portal forum. Patrick received a £20 book token. We will be running other competitions throughout the year so keep an eye on the digests for details! 

Research / Careers / Internships 

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


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 8th 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 12th January 2018 

  • Reconciling food security and biodiversity conservation: an integrative modelling approach. Aberdeen University - see here for more details. Deadline 04th December 2017 

  • Look through the below website for many more projects, just type in your key words: https://www.findaphd.com/  

New Blogs 




  • Paying the Price for Food Production: by Green Alliance and National Trust, 7th December 2017, 1100-1230, St Martin's Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Expert debate, for more details see here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paying-the-price-for-food-production-tickets-39685423169 

  • 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 

  • Food Thinkers Christmas Special Panel Debate: 13th December 2017, 1830-2030, B200, University Building, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB. What will get people cooking again? The role of public policy.  

    Panelists include: Rosie Boycott, Professor Martin Caraher, Amanda McCloat, Catherine Maxwell, Marjon Willers see here to register.  

  • STEPS Seminar – Channing Arndt: ‘Faster Than You Think: The Global Energy Revolution and Developing Countries’, 15th December 2017, 1300-1430, Room 221, Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Falmer, BN1 9RE 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:  

  • Call for Poster Presentations: IFSTAL Symposium 2018 – Food Systems in Changing Trade Landscapes. Would you like to present your research to the IFSTAL community? See this opportunity to put a poster presentation of your work together and present it at the IFSTAL Symposium, which will be held at Cass Business School, City, University of London, Saturday 27th January 2018. Find out more and apply here 


IFSTAL Certificate 

If you have participated in IFSTAL over the past year and would like a certificate of your engagement, please see the information regarding the procedurehere on the Portal. You can apply for this at any time. 


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