IFSTAL Digest 2nd May 2018

IFSTAL Digest 2nd May 2018

by Rebecca Wells -
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IFSTAL Digest 2 May 2018

Dear IFSTAL members, 

We have some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks that you may be interested in, and a few new blogs for you to look at, as well as some interesting opportunities (see below).   

Applications for our fantastic IFSTAL Summer School are now open. Please apply soon to avoid disappointment. This is a fully funded week-long residential course at Reading University, from 1-6 July, with wonderful workshops, specialist speakers, fascinating field trips and a chance to network. It’s a great way to round off your IFSTAL year, but places are limited and only those that can demonstrate engagement with IFSTAL will secure a place so get working on your application now! Applications close 18th May.  

You can also now register for the IFSTAL Showcase Event which will take place on 12 July at Oxford Town Hall. See here for registration details. This is a chance to help us reflect on the first three years of IFSTAL and how we train food systems change agents. Those attending the Summer School will get a free ticket to this event.  



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  


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 have been extended to Wednesday 9th May.  


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

For details see here.   


Other Events 

IFSTAL at the Food Sustainability Media Award Event Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition have teamed up with eco chef Tom Hunt for a special evening celebrating the second cycle of the Food Sustainability Media Award. Tom will be custom-creating a sustainable menu inspired by the three food paradoxes highlighted by the award, and sharing his personal journey into the world of food sustainability with Thomson Reuters Foundation climate editor Laurie Goering. IFSTAL has two places for students to attend this event – the first two students to email ifstal-city@city.ac.uk who are free and are able to be in London between 1830 and 2030 on the 16th May, can attend.  After the event you will also be able to publish your reflections on the event and how it relates to food systems for the IFSTAL blog.    

ET 2018 Belfast Summit on Global Food Integritybringing 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 

Food Thinkers Lunches – Oxford – 15th and 22nd May, 2018: This term’s talks include discussions on the ethics of meat consumption, challenges of running an ethical restaurant, and the interconnections of climate, livestock, and food systems. For more details, click here. Please be aware that we will not be covering transportation cost if you plan on attending this set of events. 

‘Legality with a Vengeance’: The Role of Law in the Financialization of the Food System is an interdisciplinary research seminar that brings together academics and NGO partners to critically examine the role that different legal regimes are playing in the financialization of the global food system. Organised by the Socio-Legal Studies Association, held at City, University of London, 25th May. Sign up here 


New Blogs 


Call for Papers 

Call for Ideas by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission: Focusing on practical actions that could improve the ways we eat, farm, and regenerate our environment and countryside communities. You can read the RSA’s assessments, methods, and the table of policies reviewed, AND give your ideas by noon on 31st May 2018 by clicking here 

Plant Variety Protection Debates: Connecting Law, Science and Social Science Conference 14th June 2018, 09:00 - 17:00, Room 1.07, Oculus Building, The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL.  We welcome papers, posters and photographs on topics related to the conference. Please send the abstract: 300 words, form of presentation: paper, poster or photographs, name(s) of presenters, email address, institution/organisation and a note of any special requirements to Titilayo Adebola: T.A.Adebola@warwick.ac.uk before 10 May 2018. See here for further details.  


PhD/Masters Funding 



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/  

  • Global map of vocabulary in data exchange in food and agriculture: Useful directory resulting from the continuation of the FAO VEST registry, and the GODAN Action umbrella. Access it here 


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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