IFSTAL Digest 27th June 2018

IFSTAL Digest 27th June 2018

by Rebecca Wells -
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IFSTAL Digest 27th June 2018 


Dear IFSTAL members,

We are gearing up for next week’s IFSTAL Summer School - thanks everyone who applied to join us and congratulations to those who were successful – we’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!  We were oversubscribed so apologies to all those who were unable to secure a place. We will be posting regular updates, slides from visiting speakers and blogs about the week on the portal and the IFSTAL website, as well as tweeting through the @IFSTAL account, so do keep an eye out.  

The IFSTAL Showcase Event has been postponed to Thursday 27th September, taking place 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, and all alumni can get a discounted price.

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.

Finally a reminder to fill out the Survey [CLICK HERE]. This is our way of understanding what we did well, what we can do better and how we can improve the IFSTAL offering. It’ll only take 10 minutes of your time to fill in, and you have the chance to win £60 of restaurant vouchers, £30 of book vouchers, or most importantly of all… an IFSTAL mug! 


Other Events

Centre for Food Policy Food Thinkers Series: "What are the research gaps that need to be filled to help public-private action be more effective in promoting nutrition?" 

With Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN) 

Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London 

Wednesday 27th June, 1630-1830 City, University of London register here.    

New Blogs

Do you want to blog for us? We’d love to hear from you! 

Call for Papers

Consultation for the draft London Food Strategy The London Food Strategy is designed to help make the food environment across London healthier for all Londoners. The draft outlines the Mayor's ambitious vision for good food in the capital. Developed in partnership with the London Food Board, the consultation closes on Thursday 5th July. Have your say! www.london.gov.uk/draft-food-strategy

Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference, 7 November 2018, St Anne’s College, Oxford: Click here for more details on how to submit an abstract or email Kelly Reed (Kelly.reed@zoo.ox.ac.uk) for more details.

(Re-)Shaping Boundaries in Crisis and Crisis Response. The 5th bi-annual conference of the International Humanitarian Studies Association will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 27 to 29 August 2018. Details here: https://conference.ihsa.info/). Researchers from SOAS (University of London), the Institute of Development Studies (The Hague), and the Darfur Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency are organising a panel and are inviting papers on: “Politics and power effects of new technologies in food assistance and nutrition" (https://conference.ihsa.info/proposed-panels/view/305). Contact Susanne Jaspars (sj43@soas.ac.uk) for more information. 

PhD/Masters Funding 


Please look at Rosina’s Workplace/Research posting too, as this is much more comprehensive – she sent it out on the 22nd June. But here are a few opportunities:

From David Jackson, LMC: 

We will be interviewing during June for full time positions starting in September 2018 in our Oxford Cornmarket offices, although that date can be extended to Jan 2019 for post grads completing degrees in the autumn. Generally, but not always, candidates should be eligible to live and work in the UK after completion of their degree. This still includes all EU citizens. However, we do on occasion sponsor visa applications for outstanding candidates. Interested candidates should send me a CV and covering letter: David Jackson <DJackson@lmc.co.uk> 

  • **IFSTAL-Suited** Postgraduate placement: Product safety initiatives with a key focus on antimicrobial resistance, Sainsbury’s, London, Closes 29th June. https://sainsburys.taleo.net/careersection/mhr_prof_ext_cv/jobdetail.ftl?job=180003V   

  • **IFSTAL-Suited** Postgraduate placement: Public Affairs at Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s, London, Closes 27th June. https://sainsburys.taleo.net/careersection/mhr_prof_ext_cv/jobdetail.ftl?job=180003VD     

  • Future Leaders Programme, Unilever, UK, ongoing  https://www.unilevergraduates.com/applications2018/Default.aspx                      

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!  


  • 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

  • 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

  • Foodsource: a project of the Food Climate Research Network, which includes a website and collection of evidence-based resources, developed to help support greater literacy of sustainable food systems issues, ideas, and how they all interconnect. Currently, it consists of 11 Chapters that provide overviews of wider food systems issues, and a series of Building Blocks, which provide concise explanations of key ideas and concepts. It also has a glossary and an open source image library of figures created and redrawn by the FCRN, available for anyone to use. A set of high-quality PDF versions of all of the chapters are available. To download, click the links below: 

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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