IFSTAL Digest 06/09/18

IFSTAL Digest 06/09/18

by Harley Pope -
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Dear IFSTAL network,


We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer, but now that autumn is on the horizon we need you to look at two fast approaching events.  The first is the IFSTAL Showcase.  Details of this can be found below and we strongly encourage you to attend.  The second is that now you are alumni, you need to make sure that you change your details on the Portal in order to retain access once your university accounts cease to work.  We have included details of how to do this below.  However, if you run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact your EC.




The IFSTAL Showcase Event has been postponed to Thursday 27th September, taking place at Oxford Town Hall. Please put this date in your diary and see here for details. This event is a chance to help us reflect on the first three years of IFSTAL and look ahead to how we train food systems change agents. Those who attended the Summer School will get a free ticket.


The Showcase will provide insights into the rationale underpinning the programme, the challenges we’ve faced, and the opportunities we’ve created.  As participants and alumni you are perfectly placed to participate and share your experiences of the programme.



Graduating students – becoming IFSTAL Alumnus

Current students due to finish have now officially become IFSTAL ‘alumni’ since Saturday 1st September 2018. To stay connected with IFSTAL and our Food Systems Community after graduating you can:

§  Be a part of a large and diverse community of over 1,000 food systems thinkers including junior and senior workplace practitioners, alumni and students

§  Find out about relevant careers and skills development opportunities including jobs, internships, research opportunities and placements

§  Access IFSTAL’s online resources on the Portal

§  Keep in touch with your peers and friends from IFSTAL

§  Be invited to selected IFSTAL events


There are a number of ways to stay connected:

§  Update your email in the Portal to a personal email address so that you can continue to access it after your institutional email expires

§  Login as usual > click on your name in the top right corner and select edit profile > go to your email address and change to your new address > scroll down to update profile and click. This should then save your new email.

§  Sign up to the IFSTAL partners mailing list: http://eepurl.com/cQdDFj

§  Join the IFSTAL LinkedIn group

§  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook 

§  Become an IFSTAL alumni ambassador for your institution – contact Rosina if you are interested.


We encourage you to include IFSTAL on your CVs and LinkedIn profiles. Employers place great value on extra-curricular activities and soft skill development. If you have applied for a certificate you can add this to your profile and add a description. Suggested wording (although we encourage your own reflections): Participated in the Innovative Food Systems and Learning (IFSTAL) Programme. Gained knowledge and understanding of food systems frameworks, systems thinking concepts and complexity. Developed skills in systems analysis, effective communications and interdisciplinary working. Expanded understanding of values and attitudes in transdisciplinarity, reconciliation and theoretical and methodological pluralism.



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.



The IFSTAL Insights Guide is now available through the IFSTAL website! This guide is a selection of insights into the work the IFSTAL Programme has been doing to address the gap in skills in this area and provides you with tips and tools into how you can make change happen by equipping yourself with additional knowledge, skills and experience. There are lots of useful tidbits, profiles and reflections – a good read! https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/for-the-workplace/



New Blogs

Over the summer we ran two summer schools, the first at the University of Reading, and the second at the University of Ghana.  More information can be found here:  https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/news/creating-and-connecting-a-community-of-food-systems-thinkers/


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



Other Events 


Permaculture for Development Workers course, September 2018, UK

For more effective humanitarian, refugee and international development programmes, please join Chris Evans, Gisele Henriques and Guests for the 5-day Permaculture for Development Workers (P4DW) course on 11th-16th September 2018 at Applewood Permaculture Centre, Herefordshire, UK: https://www.facebook.com/ApplewoodPermacultureCentres/videos/2202180516721161/


British Academy Conference, Alcohol and Humans: A Long and Social Affair. The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton Terrace, London on Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 2018.


NEOH conference: “Creating impact for One Health and EcoHealth: Advancements in implementation, evaluation, and governance”. Bologna, Italy, 10th-12th September 2018. Registration open, closes 12th August. Please find further information, programme and registration here: https://eventi.unibo.it/neohfinalconferenceandworkshop-distal-bologna-2018.


Assessing the EU Common Fisheries Policy: Stepping Up Efforts towards Sustainability. Public Policy Exchange, Brussels. Wednesday 12th September 2018. Info here and registration here.


Centre for Food Policy Food Thinkers Seminar: Preference: The missing ingredient in food policy.  With Bee Wilson, food writer, journalist and historian. “The likes and dislikes populations have about food - reinforced by habit and mediated by food prices - are one of the greatest reasons anyone eats something. Bee will present some of the mechanisms through which human preferences are formed; and how they can change throughout the human lifespan.  The seminar will consider a few examples of whole populations either changing their food preferences in a healthier direction, encouraged by food policy (Japan) or retaining traditional preferences in the wake of the nutrition transition (South Korea).” Wednesday 26 September, 5.30pm - 7pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preference-the-missing-ingredient-in-food-policy-tickets-49033562706?dm_i=1GFR,5UH1L,TZZX8S,MUI4U,1


Various events and podcasts hosted by ODI (London and usually streamed) on topics including resilience and sustainability, land rights and agriculture.


ANSES Scientific Conferences, Antimicrobial resistance in animal health and the environment: Epidemiology and modelling in antimicrobial resistance”. Paris. Save the date – 13th November 2018. Programme and registration from October.



Call for Papers 


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 21st June. But here are a few opportunities:


·     Senior Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire. (Sustainable UK Beef and Sheep Production and Marketing Systems: Strategies and Policies).  The appointment will play the leading role on behalf of the University of Hertfordshire (UH) on an externally funded research project entitled: Achieving sustainable UK beef and sheep production and marketing systems in a changing environment. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. The Fellow will work under the direction of Professor David Barling, who is the Principal Investigator on the project for UH. It is a fixed term contract for 48 months.  Closing date is 10th September 2018. https://www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-vacancies/research-vacancies


·     Research Impact Officer, RVC. Are you interested in translating ground-breaking research at the frontiers of the life sciences into real world benefits?  The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) requires a highly motivated individual to assist with the development of Impact Case Studies for the next Research Excellence Framework due in 2021.  The position requires a graduate from the biological/veterinary sciences, prior experience of developing research impact and an interest in converting new discoveries into valuable economic/societal applications.  Closing date Tuesday 11th September 2018 https://jobs.rvc.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=RSO-0133-18


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


·       Browse further job vacancies at Food Manufacturer and Roots to Work.



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


·        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


·        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.



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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