IFSTAL Digest & Workplace Update 13 Dec 2017

IFSTAL Digest & Workplace Update 13 Dec 2017

by Lauren Blake -
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IFSTAL Christmas Digest and Workplace Update 13/12/17


Dear IFSTAL members,

A special bumper Christmas edition of the fortnightly Digest and monthly Workplace Update  :-)  Thank you for a great first term of enthusiasm, ideas and participation – our food systems community is now well over 1000 members!

As it is nearly the end of the year, our learning journey documents are looking nice and full already. If you haven’t had a chance to do some reflection on your IFSTAL participation yet, jot it down – it will help with your evidence base for any accreditation we manage to secure next year. Follow this link for the electronic copy of the journey document on the Portal.


Read on for updates on recent and forthcoming activities, in particular how to register for the IFSTAL Symposium in January, as well as opportunities, news and relevant external events. 


Wishing you a fantastic Christmas break from all of us!

Lauren and Rosina, on behalf of the IFSTAL team


Catching up? Have a look at not-to-be-missed content on the portal and social channels:


Ahead of the game? Sign up or make a note in your calendar:

  • Early bird rate for the Annual IFSTAL Symposium: Food Systems and Trade on Saturday 27 January 2018 at City University of London, CASS Business School. The draft programme is now up and tickets available here. Please note, the ‘early bird’ reduced rate is available only until 22nd December. We are prioritising IFSTAL students during this period but spaces are limited and we will be advertising the Symposium more widely after Christmas, when we cannot guarantee your place.

  • Early warning for the March Away Day in Warwick: “Working Together to Effect Change”. 30 places will be available from the end of January, keep an eye on the portal for the application form.

  • Units 3 and 4 will be available on the portal in January – first workshop is 7th / 8th February.


Want to raise your profile?

  • Interested in writing a blog post for us? Email your suggestions to your local EC who can support you.

  • Present your research in poster form (and win a prize) at the Symposium here

  • Fill out your profile page on the portal and introduce yourself here on our discussion forum.

  • Add IFSTAL to your LinkedIn profile, you will then appear in a search by employers and recruiters looking for people with your knowledge and skills


IFSTAL Hall of Fame

Well done to Titi (Titilayo Adebola) from Warwick for successfully defending your PhD thesis this week. Titled: ‘The Regime Complex for Plant Variety Protection: Revisiting TRIPS Implementation in Nigeria’. Titi was one of our first year cohort, attended the first Summer School in Reading and has stayed in touch with the Programme for the remainder of her studies. Well done!!

Also a massive well done to Bea Oliver from City who has been successful in securing an internship place at DEFRA. 



  • Early warning: 5 NEW Sainsbury’s postgraduate internships. These will be advertised in January next year with interviews in February. These are FANTASTIC opportunities; keep your eye on the forum and workplace update in the New Year.


  • Internship Programmes in various locations at the FAO close at the end of this year: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/           


  • A newish international internship service: https://www.city-internships.com/         


Conference opportunity

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Week – call for abstracts. The ANH Academy holds its 3rd annual Academy Week Scientific Conference from 25-29 June 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The call for abstracts is now open, looking at the nexus of agriculture-food systems and nutrition and health. The programme will include invited papers for oral presentations of various formats as well as poster sessions. They are seeking presentations of the results of recent

    scientific research using robust quantitative and/or qualitative methodological approaches. Preference will be given to studies that address

    interdisciplinary questions. The deadline for submission is

    11 February 2018. For more information about the call as well as instructions on how to submit an abstract please follow the link: ANH2018 - Call for abstracts. Queries can be directed to: ANH-Academy@LSHTM.ac.uk.



Check the previous workplace updates on the forum for lots of ideas on organisations to follow and potentially find your next step. A selection of current opportunities at a relatively quiet time of year:




Further Study


  • PhD: 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


Other Events

  • 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.