IFSTAL Digest 18th April

IFSTAL Digest 18th April

by Harley Pope -
Number of replies: 1

IFSTAL Digest 19 April 2018


Dear IFSTAL members,

We have a few new blogs for you to look at and some interesting opportunities (see below). 


As a reminder, the rescheduled Away Day is coming up soon on 28th April – we look forward to seeing those of you who are planning to attend.


If you’re a doctoral student, please have a look at the PhD day that we will be hosting in London on 5th June – adverts are open soon.


Be sure to check out some of the advertised events and applications as some have closing dates are within the next couple of days.

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

Applications are now closed

For more details can be found here


Documentary Film Screening and Panel on Sustainable Fishing – Thursday 10th May – LSHTM, London

Join us in central London (Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM) for a documentary film screening 'The Fish in the Sea', by Zev Robinson. Following successful screenings in the USA and Canada, the film will be coming to London and hosted by IFSTAL! The screening (30 mins) will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from the industry and the film maker himself. For more information see here: https://vle.ifstal.ac.uk/calendar/view.php?view=day&course=1&time=1525906800#event_136

Free to attend but please register your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fish-in-the-sea-at-ifstal-london-tickets-45237865674


PhD Workshop Day – Tuesday 5th June – LIDC, London

Specifically for PhD students, this day aims to bring together a wide range of doctoral researchers from the IFSTAL consortium (City, RVC, SOAS, LSHTM, Warwick, Reading, Oxford) in a relaxed setting to discuss their work and explore themes and skills around interdisciplinary research. Applications close Friday 4th May.

For details and how to apply click here


Webinar – Tuesday 12th June @ 1pm with Dr Alex Arnall and Dr Saher Hasnain

For details see here


Other Events 

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. 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, click here

LIDC's Action Against Stunting Summit  9.30-5pm on Monday 23rd April in Jerry Morris Rooms A&B, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place London WC1H 9SH. The summit will explore the role of 'disruptive research' on global child nutrition: key areas of emerging research from the epigenetics and the micro-biome to intestinal parasites and the gut-brain axis to the impact of a bespoke range of nutritional and educational interventions. Furthermore, leverage points will be identified where emerging evidence from the Hub can support the priorities and actions of a wide range of actors from the UN to philanthropic organisations, civil society and the commercial sector, working across the child nutrition landscape. A range of high profile speakers and experts will lead the day (including Dr Zita Weise Prinzo – Public Health Specialist WHO, Dr. Basil Rodriques – UNICEF, James Birch – Gates Foundation). For more information and to register your place (limited number remaining), please email sarah.hambly@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk.

The 2018 City Food Policy Symposium – 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 register 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

N8 Agrifood Annual Conference – People, Health, and Food Systems, 13th -14th June: IFSTAL’s Roger Sykes and Rosina Borrelli will be speaking about the programme at the event which brings researchers, industry and external stakeholders together to look at innovative approaches in food systems and sustainability. It runs over two days with 70+ speakers, high level keynotes and parallel sessions and an exhibition area, as well as networking opportunities over drinks and dinner. PhD Students and early career researchers can get discounted tickets. Find out more here



New Blogs

Food Systems Thinking: Dealing with Incomplete Knowledge
Food System Resilience - Concepts and Practice
Hold the Date: IFSTAL Showcase Event 2018
Lessons in Food Systems – Land Use Change in Mali, a talk by Camilla Toulmin


Call for Papers 

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/



·        Temporary Research Assistant, Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Oxford Martin School (Part-time (between 15 and 30 hours per week), 12 weeks between April-July 2018), Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Assistant will undertake commissioned literary reviews, assist in the preparation of policy option papers, provide detailed briefings for speaker engagements and identify articles of relevance. Must hold at least a Masters degree with proven understanding of either economics or public policy. Closing date: 19th April 2018. Please send your CV, covering letter outlining your interest in the role, and a writing sample to: Philippa West: philippa.west@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they possess the right to work in the UK.

·        Epidemiological Scientist (Higher Scientific Officer) -Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Northern Ireland (AFBI), closing date for applications: 20th April. Click here for details

·        Research Assistant, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on two qualitative research projects aimed at identifying how we can create better policy to prevent child obesity. Closing date: 22nd April. Click here for details

·        Access to Nutrition Foundation Senior Programme Manager. The Global Access to Nutriton Index (ATNI) is a groundbreaking initiative that evaluates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers' policies and performance related to the world's most pressing nutrition challenges: obesity and undernutrition. The Senior Program Manager will play a leading role in this small but growing organisation based in Utrecht. He/she will work closely with the Executive Director and the Senior Research Manager to build and lead the Access to Nutrition Foundation towards an organisation of 15 people in 2021 and to plan and roll out the Global Nutrition Indexes. Closing date: 1st May. Click here for details.


Other Opportunities


·       Food Politics Writing Opportunity The Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC2020) is a European food and farming news platform. They are putting together a series on the Weimar Triangle - agrifood and rural politics and policy issues in France, Germany and Poland, and the existing and potential relationships between these countries in this field. They are looking for contributors able to write an article or two on Germany or Poland. Existing articles, for example, examine the agrifood policies of the new German coalition government whilst another explores a particularly interesting small agroecology project. You would be paid EUR100 for the article and it is a good chance to get published. You would also be relatively free to organise and steer the article as you deem appropriate for the German or Polish subject-matter. Interested parties should please get in touch with IFSTAL alumna, Helene Schulze, at Helene@arc2020.eu to talk through some ideas!


·       Thought For Food Challenge Join the 2018 TFF Challenge to form teams and develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050. You need a team of 3-5 people between the ages of 18-35 and a brilliant pitch to enter. Further details https://www.tffchallenge.com/challenge/


·       Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition Research Grant Competition The 2018 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. A maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant. Closing date 18th June 2018, further details http://www.funds4africa.org/en/the-2018-bcfn-yes-research-grant/


·        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. 

·        Are modern plant-based diets and foods actually sustainable? Blog post on the FCRN website. Click here to read

·        Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Report launched by WRAP and the World Resources Institute (WRI) on behalf of the Champions 12.3 network finds (among other things) that for every 1 USD invested in programmes for reducing kitchen food waste, businesses save 7 USD in operating costs. Click here for the full report

·        New report from the Food Research Collaboration: Food, Brexit and Northern Ireland: critical issues by G McFarlane, T Lewis and T Lang:  http://foodresearch.org.uk/publications/food-brexit-northern-ireland/


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 or get an ‘interim’ certificate if you would like to highlight your IFSTAL experience for a job before you have completed the program.

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(Edited by Lauren Blake - original submission Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:32 PM)

In reply to Harley Pope

Re: IFSTAL Digest 18th April

by Lauren Blake -

Dear all

Please note, there was an error in the date of the documentary film screening. 

The event will take place on Thursday 10th MAY (not June).