IFSTAL Digest 21 March 2018

IFSTAL Digest 21 March 2018

by Saher Hasnain -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

I hope everyone is recovered from the second spate of terrible weather and is enjoying spring (of some sort)!

Please note that a few places are still available for the Away Day on the 28th of April (see below for more details).

And as always, a whole slew of events and opportunities:

Away Day: Working together to effect change – 28th April – University of Oxford

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.

Applications are open till the 30th of March.

For more details: https://vle.ifstal.ac.uk/mod/questionnaire/view.php?id=515

Other Events 

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/

City Food Symposium 2018 – Connecting people with food policy. Wednesday 25th 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

Workshop: Impact and Insight from the Physics of Animal Health will focus around strategic research areas impacting disease resistance, food security, and safety. It will be held at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus. Registration Deadline: 23 March 2018. Click here for more details

Blogs and News 

Lessons in Food Systems – Land Use Change in Mali

Call for Papers 

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/

Call for papers for EASA2018: Staying, Moving, Settling for the theme Moving On: Food Futures and Reimagining Uncertainty [Anthropology of Food]. The panel will address how food 'moves on' across time and space, borders and bodies. From everyday practices to overarching value systems, we consider foodways as human contemplations of the future: as sources of uncertainty, as cushions against it and as speculations in search of opportunities. Deadline: 9 April. Click here for details

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.


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

·         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.

·         Postdoctoral Position in disease spread modelling at the Spatial Epidemiology Lab (SpELL), University of Brussels (ULB), closing date for applications: 15th April. Click here for details


·         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. 

·         A Good Life and a Good Death: Re-localising farm and animal slaughter: a new report by the Sustainable Food Trust exploring the near-collapse of the UK network of small local abattoirs. Resource available here

·         One Planet Plate campaign by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) will launch officially on the 24th of March: the campaign calls for chefs to address at least one of the big challenges facing food systems today such as food waste, sustainable sourcing or climate change. For more information

·         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.

You can also apply for an ‘interim’ certificate if you would like to highlight your IFSTAL experience for a job – please note that this certificate will not indicate that you have completed the program.

Connect with us: 

Don’t forget you can now also join the IFSTAL network on: 

·         LinkedIn 

·         Twitter

·         Facebook 

(Edited by Rebecca Wells - original submission Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 12:20 PM)