IFSTAL Digest 17th October 2018

IFSTAL Digest 17th October 2018

by Rebecca White -
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  • A great new blog by our alumni Louisa Knocker about our Showcase Event in September!
  • Workshop 1 deadline this coming Monday - see IFSTAL programme below.
  • Deadline on the 21st October for the Climate-KIC Catapult PhD Autumn School, which is a 2-week course in Budapest and Valencia about Sustainable Short Food    Supply Chains. See ‘Other Opportunities’ section.
  • PhD and PDRA positions available at the Institute for Health Transformation (IHT), Deakin University, Australia. Expressions of Interest deadline is the 29th October, see PhD positions and Vacancies below.
  • Lots of great talks, particularly in London, in the ‘Talks’ section.
  • If you take up any job/further education opportunities you hear about through IFSTAL it would be great if you could tell Rosina, our Workplace Lead – rosina.borrelli@ouce.ox.ac.uk . Not only can Rosina help with advice on applications if needed, but it really helps us to understand our impact. Many thanks!


Dear IFSTAL members,

Many thanks to those of you who have introduced themselves via the forum – it is so exciting to have such a diverse and talented group of people joining us this year. We are really looking forward to meeting many of you at the IFSTAL Launch tomorrow.

If you are yet to sign up, please do!

London (City, University of London and LCIRAH – RVC, SOAS, LSHTM), 5:15pm in ELG01, Drysdale Building, City, University of London – register here.

Oxford University, 5:15pm at the Oxford Martin School, Seminar Room 1, 34 Broad Street, OX1 3BD – register here

Reading University, 6pm in the John Nike Lecture Theatre, APD – register here

Warwick University, 5:30pm, Room MS.04, Zeeman Building – register here

For those who have just joined, please introduce yourselves on the Portal forum. This is a great way for everyone to see the wonderful range of members we have and start to get to know one another. You can familiarise yourself with the programme and Portal here in ‘getting started’.


IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates

Please put these up and coming dates in your diary.





Application closing for Workshop 1

Monday 22nd October

Sign up on the portal here

Workshop 1: Exploration of Food Systems Thinking

Sat 3rd November (all day)

Oxford University

Public lecture

Thursday 6 December (evening)

SOAS Uni. of London (Brunei Gallery) - live-streamed to Oxford, Reading and Warwick


Please note the application for Workshop 1 closes on Monday 22nd October. Spaces are limited and as a minimum to be considered, you will need to have introduced yourself on the Portal and made a start on Unit 1.


Logging on to the portal more easily

It can be a bit of a pain continually getting to the portal via your institutional VLE. A quicker way is to create a direct login. Follow these steps:

·         Log into the portal via your VLE

·         Log out at the top right of the screen

·         Press log in and you will get to a log in page, where, underneath the green ‘log in’ tab, it says, ‘Forgotten Username or password?’

·         Press this and create a new username and password using your university email address.


Trouble watching videos on the Portal?

Some people have reported issues with watching videos on the portal. We’ve had some advice from RVC who support our Virtual Learning Environment which you can read in the ‘Webinar’ section or in the introduction to the ‘Course’ section on the portal.

New Blogs

Louisa Knocker, an IFSTAL Alumni from LSHTM came along to our Showcase Event and kindly wrote a blog on the day. Read about it here 

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


IFSTAL Certificate 

If you would like a certificate of your engagement, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal. You can apply for this at the end of the year, 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 to Working in Food Systems 

Is now available through the IFSTAL website! There are lots of useful tidbits, profiles and reflections – a good read! https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/for-the-workplace/


Talks – we advertise talks available to students across the IFSTAL network  

  • Food Thinkers: Can public health solve obesity, hunger and malnutrition by focusing on the lived experience of food and eating? With Professor Wendy Wills, University of Hertfordshire. Chaired by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London. 24th  October 2018 17:30 – 19:00, City, University of London. This talk will consider the extent to which a focus on the ‘lived experience’ of food and eating could bring about change to our crisis-ridden food system. Sign up here.
  • The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action. Thurs 26th Oct at LSHTM, London. Free to all, but you must register to attend. More information here.  
  • Uncertainty and its consequences in social policy evaluation and evidence-based decision making, Matthew Jukes ( Fellow and Senior Education Evaluation Specialist at RTI International) and & Anne Buffardi (ODI) The question we address in this paper is: What level of certainty is required for which kinds of decisions? More information here.  
  • Film Screening: The Fish in the Sea, the Food on our Plates . 1st November 2018, part of City, University of London Sustainable City Week. We will be screening two short documentary films, The Fish in the Sea and Black Isle which explore local food production and sustainable fishing in Scotland, followed by a panel discussion with experts, including Ben Reynolds of Sustain, Professor Martin Caraher from City University and film maker Zev Robinson. Free to attend, please sign up here.
  • SOAS Food Forum Seminar Series - https://www.soas.ac.uk/foodstudies/forum/seminarfilm/. This is a series of lectures open to members of the SOAS Food Studies Centre only. You can join by emailing soasfoodstudies@soas.ac.uk  
  • SOAS Agrarian Change seminars: https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/events/agrarian-change/


 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 here

Foodwork: Gendered, Racialised and Classed Labours, University of Sussex, Thursday 29th November 2018. Call for papers and registration. For details see here.

PhD Positions

  • 150 full Ph.D. scholarships, European University Institute

         The European University Institute offers fully-funded four-year Ph.D. programmes in the social sciences. There are approximately 150 scholarships available that             cover tuition fees and provide a monthly grant. https://www.eui.eu/ServicesAndAdmin/AcademicService/DoctoralProgramme

  • There are five Strategic PhD Scholarships available within the Institute for Health Transformation (IHT), Deakin University, Australia to commence in January 2019. The vision of IHT is to transform health systems to improve value, equity and impact in health and care. We have put the expression of interest templates into under the workplace tab on the portal, under Workplace Opportunities - here. These have to be submitted by 5pm (AEST) Monday 29th October 2018. 

  • Further PhD opportunities may be found here:  https://www.findaphd.com/



Please look at Rosina’s Workplace/Research posting too, which comes out every couple of weeks.

  • Dominic Moran at Edinburgh University is looking for an agricultural economist PDRA to work on a project mapping AMR emergence through the poultry food chain: HERE
  • There are three 3-year Research Fellowships available at the Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University Australia, to commence January 2019. Deadline for Expressions of Interest are 5pm (AEST) Monday 29th October 2018. We have put the expression of interest templates into under the workplace tab on the portal, under Workplace Opportunities - here

You can also browse further job vacancies at Food Manufacturer and Roots to Work.

Other Opportunities

Climate-KIC Catapult PhD Autumn School

I would like to draw your attention to Climate-KIC Catapult PhD Autumn School, which is a 2-week course in Budapest and Valencia about Sustainable Short Food Supply Chains. It is a unique program for those who are interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems. It is a great opportunity for participants to grow their international network, meet with real stakeholders and learn system thinking. We are looking for students who are in the end of their Master studies, doing their PhD or recently graduated.

You can find details of the program here. Deadline for application 21st October 2018.


Nourish Our World

Nourish Our World are looking to start a new STEM outreach programme in the UK, where they use edible gardens and the medium of growing food to engage secondary school students about food security and climate change. They are looking to recruit two volunteers to help them design and run this programme, a Food Systems Adivsor and a Gardening Consultant. You can find out more about Nourish Our World  - http://www.nourishourworld.org.uk/

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