IFSTAL Digest 7 March 2018

IFSTAL Digest 7 March 2018

by Lauren Blake -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

All the main workshops for this academic year have now happened and we hope you’ve enjoyed them and gained from them – resources and summaries can be found here and here. If you haven’t already completed Units 3 and 4 on the Portal, please do so. And keep track of your IFSTAL journey in the ‘journey document’.

We were very sorry to have to cancel the Away Day in Warwick due to the transport networks struggling with the weather (we’re not cut out for snow in England!). The Away Day has been postponed to Saturday 28th April at the University of Oxford. For those who had a place and haven’t yet confirmed their attendance at the postponed event, please do so. We will be opening out places again for any that remain.

Please note, for anyone wanting an interim certificate for use in job applications, we can provide one that confirms you are currently engaging in the programme, valid until September 2018 (after which you’ll need the standard Certificate of Participation, upon completion). Please contact your local EC if you would like one.

As usual please see below for upcoming events and opportunities…


Webinar – 13th March 2018 @ 1pm – Food System Resilience: Concepts and Practice

Speakers: Rosemary Collier, University of Warwick and John Ingram, University of Oxford.


Starting with a brief recap of food system dynamics, the Webinar will focus on three notions of food system resilience: robustness, recovery and re-orientation. It will then cover how system re-organisation (i.e. adaptation) relates to each notion, and the potential benefits and challenges of implementation. The Webinar will then move to increasing resilience in crop production systems, and will conclude with a discussion of how each resilience notion can be applied in practice to maintain supply to consumers.


Click here to find out more, including the link. 


Other Events 

Mapping 35 Years of Land Use Change in Mali – Lessons for Food Security12th March - Camilla Toulmin, economist, and former Director of International Institute for Environment and Development will present findings from her longitudinal study of D’longuebougou, a mud village in central Mali, where she carried out her doctoral field-work 1980-82. Documenting the shifts in land use, people, climate and livelihoods over 35 years, she explores their combined impacts on food security and agricultural sustainability for the people of this region. The highly damaging impacts of irrigated sugar-cane are particularly of note. Location: Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. Please email ifstal-oxford@eci.ox.ac.uk for information. Sign up HERE.


Food Thinkers Lunches at Oxford – 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: 

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! 


Centre for Food Policy’s March 2018 Food Thinkers seminar: Trust is a must: Food Policy in an age of doubt. With guest speaker: Professor John Coveney, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. On Wednesday 21 March at 5.30pm, B200, University Building, City, University of London. The seminar is free to attend, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please do register here to secure your space.


Symposium Global One Health Research, the Future.

The aim of this symposium will be to show innovations that can tackle the future needs in global one health research and improve cooperation between researchers and different stakeholders to make the combined approach work. Where: Wageningen Campus, Wisdom & Wonder Pavilion, Wageningen. When: Thursday 5 April 2018, 9:00 – 17:00. Free but registration required. For information and registration, click here.


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.  


Understanding the role of economics in animal welfare assessment and policy design. Workshop in Edinburgh, Friday 20th April. This one-day workshop aims to explore the use of key economic concepts in the supply and (measurement of) demand for animal welfare. We will explore how concepts can be integrated with welfare science and the gaps that handicap the development of national and international welfare policy. The workshop will bring together invited welfare scientists, economists, industry and government stakeholders to develop a common picture of the latest developments in economic research of relevance to animal welfare. For more information, see: https://awrn.co.uk/event/understanding-the-role-of-economics-in-animal-welfare-assessment-and-policy-design/


ASS The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium – Connecting people with food policy. Wednesday 28th April 2018. The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium (City, University of London) will explore how gathering evidence of lived experiences of food challenges - how citizens and communities experience, explain and respond to them - can inform more effective, equitable and empowering policy solutions. Information and Sign up here. 

ET 2018 Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity bringing together food-security experts from all over the world over the course of four days. Waterfront Hall 28-31 May, 2018. Register here


Blogs and News 

·         IFSTAL Workshop 4: Shaping Change and Developing Solutions

·         Engendering Food System Change: Unit 4 Preview

·         IFSTAL Symposium – Student submitted blog!


Call for Papers 

Call for papers for “Transecting Healthy and Sustainable Food in the Asia-Pacific”, workshop in Singapore from 30 July to 1 August, 2018.  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  


Call for papers and posters for the One Health and Food Safety Congress, 18-19 September, University of Bonn, Germany. Currently seeking input from experts and researchers from various fields, such as: human medicine; veterinary sciences; agricultural sciences; animal, plant and environmental sciences; quality management; politics; public health.  Submissions close 31st March. For more information, visit: https://www.onehealth.uni-bonn.de/


Call for abstracts for the Symposium: ‘One Health, Many Perspectives: Emerging Research from LMICs’, One Health Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher symposium, held at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 29-30 August 2018. Deadline for abstract submission is 30th April. Please email onehealthpgrsymposium@gmail.com for any queries. For information visit: https://zelspgrsymposium.wordpress.com/


PhD/Masters Funding 

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

·         The Tropical Agriculture Association travel award for Masters research. Awards of up to £1,000 to enable students to undertake overseas studies and assignments (minimum duration 8 weeks) relevant to their on-going studies. Applicants should have a serious interest in international development and be under 30 years of age. For information visit: http://www.taa.org.uk/sub-content.asp?subId=36&sub=yes  Applications close 31st March.

·         Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP (Doctoral Training Programme) – Agri/Food Candidates. Seeking to recruit students with interests in the areas of agriculture and food security (including both crops and livestock), to meet BBSRC commitments. Please submit applications by the next gathered field deadline of Friday March 9th. We may exceptionally consider applications from outstanding UK/EU applicants with other research interests that fall within BBSRC remit. Please encourage students to submit their CV to us at dtpenquiries@biodtp.ox.ac.uk before submitting a full application. For excellent students who are considering DPhil/PhD study and who have not yet secured a studentship, please encourage them to visit our webpage to review the Industrial CASE studentships and Diamond-linked studentships that we are currently advertising http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/

·         PhD studentship INRA Bordeaux "Systemic evaluation of the potential of organic farming to mitigate agricultural greenhouse gas emissions at the global scale" Further details here. Application deadline: 12th March 2018.  



·         Reminder: Various roles at Sainsburys. See workplace section of Portal here for details.

·         Communications and Public Engagement Manager, London International Development Centre. The post-holder will develop and deliver a new communications strategy and programme of services for LIDC members. More information and application here. Applications close Wednesday 14th March.  

·         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 and to apply, visit here. Contact Prof. Claire Heffernan to discuss: claire.heffernan@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk  

·         Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition) at Results UK. Further details here. Application closes 14th March.

·         Animal Health Officer (Manager, Crisis Management Centre For Animal Health) at the FAO. For information visit: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/VA/pdf/IRC5281.pdf. Application closes 14th March.   

·         Administrative Support Officer for the Food Ethics Council. Part-time position based in London. Visit here for details. Closing date for applications 15th March 2018.  

·         Qualitative Research Mobile Implementation Officer for Medicins San Frontieres, based in Brussels and the field. Click here for details. Closing date for applications 16th March 2018.  

·         Postdoctoral Research Assistant in metrics for sustainable food systems, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. 12 month contract. Further details here. Closing date for applications 19th March 2018.  

·         Co-ordinator for the First Steps Nutrition Trust, a small public health nutrition charity which focuses on good nutrition in early development – Seeks a full-time charity co-ordinator, based in London to manage administration, communications and resources. For further details click Here. Deadline for applications 19th March 2018.

·         Research Study Coordinator for Concern, based in Kenya. Click here for details. Deadline for applications 23rd March 2018

·         Food and Health Internship at the non-profit EUFIC (European Food Information Council) based in Brussels. Click here for details. Closing date for applications 26th March 2018

·         Postdoctoral position at the Feed the Future Innovation Lab, University of Georgia. Proposed start date: 1st April. Visit here for details.

·         Lead Cooking Facilitator: the IncrEdibles for the Hive. For information visit here.



·         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.

·         BBC Radio 4: 3-part series entitled The Global Farm. Part one – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09r4gnc  Charlotte Smith explores the global networks that supply us with food and asks why they have become so complex. Part two – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rxyjs Charlotte looks at how money flows around the food chain and at the drive for ever more efficient production. Part Three to follow- check website. 

·         Podcast from the ISGP (Institute on Science for Global Policy) conference called "Food Safety, Security, and Defense: Focus on Food and the Environment." Episode 63, titled The Land Before Food, discusses the stimuli for and consequences of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in locations such as rural Africa. The episode can be found at www.soundcloud.com/isgps-the-forum/episode-63

·         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. 


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 procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at any time.


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