IFSTAL Digest 07 February 2018

IFSTAL Digest 07 February 2018

by Kelly Reed -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

With Units 3 and 4 now live on the IFSTAL portal, we hope you are enjoying your IFSTAL journey so far! As usual please see below for upcoming events and opportunities.



Workshop 3: Methods for Analysing Food Systems - 7th/8th February 2018

Warwick: Wednesday 7th February 2018 - Oculus OC1.01 @ 4.15pm - 6pm

For this workshop we will have a special guest talk from Dr Thijs van Rens, Department of Economics, on his work examining food system issues. In particular, Thijs will be discussing his interdisciplinary work looking at the economics of food deserts and links with obesity.

Oxford, Reading and London: Thursday 8th February 2018

This workshop is designed as a Game Jam and uses a game perspective to explore actor roles, interactions, and environments. Games have the unique potential to challenge, inspire, engage, and help people explore the complexity around food.

·         Oxford University - Gottmann A, School of Geography and the Environment @ 5 - 7 pm - Sign up  here

·         Reading University - 1L08, Agriculture Building @ 6-7:30 pm

·         London - Room - LG24, LSHTM (Keppel St)

 Away Day: Working together to effect change - 3rd March 2018, University of Warwick

 When: Saturday 3rd March 2018

 Where: Rooms 1.005/1.006, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

 Away Days are IFSTAL-exclusive face to face whole-day events held at one of the collaborating institutions twice per academic year. We bring together 30 lucky IFSTAL participants on a Saturday to bolster their employability skills, meet IFSTAL participants from the other institutions, and work together on a food systems related task. 

 Confirmed Speakers:

·         Tomaso Ferrando – University of Bristol (academic)

·         James Campbell – Garden organic (charity)

·         Libby Good – Reading University  (education & private sector)

·         Helen Crawley – First Steps Nutrition Trust (public health)


To apply click here or access the IFSTAL portal, click events, and the Away day 'more information' link. Registration deadline: 12th February 2018 @ 9:00am


Other Events

·       Food Thinkers Lunches at Oxford

The lunches aim to provide an informal atmosphere for the stimulation and exchange of ideas and the building of collaborations for students and professionals in the University of Oxford. Supported and organized by IFSTAL (www.ifstal.ac.uk ), the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food (www.futureoffood.ox.ac.uk ), the ECI Food Systems Group (www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/food/index.html ) and Linacre College (www.linacre.ox.ac.uk ).

This term’s line-up is:

1.      16th February - Veganism in the UK – (Register by the 13th of February): Paul Freestone - Oxford Vegetarian Society, TBC from Diet and Population Health at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care

2.      2nd March - The Role of Businesses in Rainforest Management (Register by the 27th of February): Jake Backus - Empathy Sustainability, formerly Customer Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola Europe, Will Pouget - Vaults and Garden Cafe, Oxford

3.      16th March - Multisensory Flavour Perceptions & Food Packaging (Register by the 13th of March): Qian (Janice) Wang & Greg Simmonds, from the Crossmodal Research Lab & Experimental Psychology

Please sign up here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-thinkers-lunch-hilary-term-2018-tickets-42198213994 or contact Saher Hasnain (ifstal-oxford@eci.ox.ac.uk) if you have any queries about these.

IFSTAL students – please note that you will not be able to reimburse your travel to these events!! But it would be great to see you at them!

·        Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy webinar: Agricultural Biodiversity for Better Nutrition, Health and Improved Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa – the case of forest foods in Congo Basin, with Dr. Robert Fungo, FAO. Held on Wednesday 28th February 1-2:30pm. For details visit website.

·        The End of Famine? Discussion with Alex de Waal and Prof. Peter Piot. Thursday 1st March 2018, 5:30-7pm at LSHTM. Visit this link for details and registration.

·        Permaculture and International Development taster workshop. Held in room 2.14, Coventry University London Campus, 109-117 Middlesex St, London E1 7JF on Wednesday 18th April 2018, 1:30-5:30pm. Free but prior booking essential due to limited number of spaces. Please contact Chris for enquiries and bookings.

Blogs and News

Food Systems in Changing Trade Landscapes

Call for Papers

·         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. 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.

·       Call for papers for “Transecting Healthy and Sustainable Food in the Asia-Pacific”, workshop in Singapore from 30 July to 1 August, 2018.  Changing Asia-Pacific foodways can no longer be understood as simply “diffusion from the West.” This workshop endeavours to bring together cutting edge work that examines the emergence and intersections of healthy and sustainable eating in the Asia-Pacific region from the perspective of the scholarship on globalization and food. We encourage papers that address: How and why are these new “healthy” and “sustainable” eating practices manifesting in a particular Asia-Pacific context? How do new food practices overlay, displace, or blend with existing social, political, and cultural systems relating to food, environment, health, and the body? How do these new practices parallel or differ across multiple geographic or cultural contexts? What effect do new food practices have on existing ethnic, national, and regional boundaries? How will these new practices manifest and transform the future? How can we tell the difference between flows and fads?

We are particularly interested in papers that:

·         engage theories relevant to globalization and food;

·         examine the flow of ideas, knowledge, capital, people, materials, etc., in relation to the new food practices;

·         are based on empirical work drawing upon historical/archival sources, ethnography,  analysis of text, or innovative cross-disciplinary approaches; and

·         are in the stage of development where a full paper will be ready by 15 June 2018.

The workshop organizers plan to submit a selection of the final papers for a journal special issue. Paper proposals (500 word abstract containing theoretical approach, methods, and findings) should be emailed to Dr. Marvin Joseph Montefrio (marvin.montefrio@yale-nus.edu.sg) by 15 March 2018 with the subject heading, “Food workshop submission (‘first and last name’)”. Announcement of successful proposals - 15 April 2018

·       The Global Food Security (GFS) programme, The 3-day workshop on the 19-21 March 2018 in London, sponsored by the UK research councils has announced a Policy Lab for early career researchers to answer the question: “What are the determinants of food choice and which combination of interventions would have the most impact in encouraging healthier and more sustainable diets?” The winning team at the workshop will receive a £5,000 Policy Lab award to write a policy-facing report. See:  https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/news/180105-n-ecr-policy-lab-determinants-food-choice-healthy-sustainable-diets/ . The deadline for applications is Monday 19th February 2018. Those invited to attend the workshop will be notified by week commencing Monday 26th February 2018.

PhD Funding

·         PhD opportunities may be found here: https://www.findaphd.com/

·         Teagasc/University of Dublin PhD Walsh Fellowship in Pig Health and Welfare. See weblink for details. Application deadline: 21st February 2018.


·       Post-Doctoral Research Scientist – Grazing Systems, Rothamsted Research is seeking a postdoctoral scientist with a PhD in animal science, grazing behaviour, grazing livestock production systems, or a similar field for a two-year position funded through the Cornwall Agri-Tech initiative, which is supported by an investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Click here for more details. Closes: 18th February 2018

·       Campaign Communications & Fundraising Assistant, Salmon & Trout Conservation, Based at Fordingbridge, Hampshire. We are looking for a tenacious individual with outstanding communications skills to join our small charity team to help us promote and raise money from our Annual Fundraising Dinner and auction, and also to help achieve our communication and general campaign fundraising objectives. Further details can be found here.  Please respond in the first instance by email to hq@salmon-trout.org, enclosing a covering letter and current CV. Closing date for applications is Monday 19th February 2018.

·       Research Fellow in Biochemical Food Safety, University of Leeds, Contract Type: Fixed Term (42 months from 1 April 2018). We are looking for a Research Fellow to join our team working on the GCRF- AFRICAP project, a new award of multidisciplinary programme grant aimed at establishing academic partnerships between UK and African research and policy institutions and developing capacity in the field of climate smart agriculture and food safety and security. Click here for more details. Closes: 22nd February 2018

·       Farm Environment Officer, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Wales [Part-time]. We are looking for an experienced farm adviser to work on the Penwith Landscape Partnership scheme’s Wild Penwith project, advising farmers and landowners on resource protection, pesticide use and nutrient management and administering a capital grants scheme for practical works. Information Pack and Application Form available from www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs. Deadline for applications: 25th February 2018.

·         Researcher at INRA (France) in Epidemiology of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases. To work on 'Epidemiology of animal diseases in the context of lower inputs and agro-ecology'. See weblink for details. Closes 5th March 2018.

·         Temporary Communications Officer, London International Development Centre. Whilst recruiting for a full-time, permanent Comms Manager, LIDC is seeking support from someone with relevant experience. Please contact: susan.sheedy@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk for more information.

·         Post-Doctoral Researcher on AMR. To work on ESRC-funded project exploring behavioural factors to antibiotic use among nomadic communities in Kenya and subsistence farmers in India. For details, contact Prof. Claire Heffernan: claire.heffernan@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk


·       New, free 8-week MOOC course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace. Enrolment is now open for the MOOC, which begins on March 1st. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate. The link is: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/environmental-security-and-sustaining-peace-march-2018. If IFSTAL students/alumni are interested in learning more about ELI's Environmental Peacebuilding partnership, they can check out the Instagram/Twitter handle (@EnvPeaceBuild), LinkedIn Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6612941), and environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

·       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.


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