IFSTAL Digest 31st October 2018

IFSTAL Digest 31st October 2018

by Harley Pope -
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 IFSTAL Digest 31st October 2018


  • Workshop 1
  • Information on the Public Lecture
  • IFSTAL launch blog.  Blog for us!  Find out how.
  • PhD and job applications
  • Volunteering event – 3rd November Divert Food Waste!  Help with gleaning pumpkins from a Kent farm (see below for details).



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’ve had a successful launch that was enjoyed by people all around the country. 
We’ve had a large number of people with interesting backgrounds sign up this year, and we look forward to hearing your stories and getting to know each other throughout the year. 


In this digest we have a number of updates on the first workshop and subsequent public lecture.  We also have several opportunities that you may find useful/interesting.


Happy reading!


IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates

Please put these up and coming dates in your diary.





Workshop 1: Exploration of Food Systems Thinking

Sat 3rd November

(all day)

City, University of London

Public lecture

Thursday 6 December



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

Workshop 2:


Saturday 19 January
(all day)




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.



Workshop 1 – Exploration of Food System Thinking

Thank you to all those who have applied. 
It’s been a hugely competitive process due to high demand.  So much so that we’ve had to move the venue to London to accommodate more people.  Despite this, we couldn’t offer a place to everyone who applied. 


In order to get the most from our events, and to stand a better chance of securing a place, we ask that you address the requirements stated on the application page – such as going through the unit material. 


If you weren’t successful this time, please don’t let that dissuade you from applying for other events in the future.



Public Lecture


This year’s public lecture ‘Collaboration for Impact’ will be delivered by Judith Batchelar on Thursday 6th DecemberThe lecture will highlight the role of collaboration in addressing the pressing and contemporary challenges facing our food and drink system. 


Judith is a member of the government's Food and Drink Sector Council, and Director of Sainsbury's Brand, where she is responsible for all aspects of Sainsbury’s product offer, from Policy formation on aspects such as Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, through to Product Technology, Development, Safety, and Packaging along with Corporate Responsibility, sustainability and Public Affairs.


This is not one to be missed!  The lecture will be held at SOAS and livestreamed to all other sites.  If you want to attend the London event in person, please sign up to the Eventbrite by clicking here.  Further information for the event can be found on the portal here.



New blogs


Louisa Knocker, an IFSTAL Alumni from LSHTM, came along to our Showcase Event and wrote a blog on the day. Read about it here [https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2018/10/17/ifstal-showcase-event/]


Learn all about IFSTAL’s launch night here [https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2018/10/25/year-four-launch-for-ifstal/] and hear more about a source of industry jobs from Rosina in her latest post [https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2018/10/28/the-ethical-food-system-takes-root-in-london/]


Do you want to blog for us? We’d love to hear about your experiences or views on some aspect of the food system, or yours and others place within it.  Feel free to pitch ideas to your local EC and we can provide guidance on how to get started or on structure if wanted.


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/


City Food Symposium 2018: Connecting People with the Food Policy – Outputs from the symposium, that aimed to explore ways of gathering evidence on the lived experience of food system challenges, are available now.  Click here for the full report or here for a summary document.


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

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: https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2018/november/the-fish-in-the-sea-and-the-food-on-our-plates

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.


Conference – Foodwork: Gendered, Racialised and Classed Labours, University of Sussex, Thursday 29th November 2018. Call for papers and registration. For details see here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/foodwork-gendered-racialised-and-classed-labours-tickets-50260495495?utm_term=eventurl_text



PhD/Masters Funding 

·       2 PhD positions in Climate Smart Agriculture in East Africa Programme at Wageningen University.   Titles: (1) Impact of the implementation of different climate smart agricultural interventions on economic and climate resilience performance at farm-household, value chains and community/landscape level (2) Impact of large-scale implementation of climate smart agricultural interventions on climate resilience of different value chains and farming systems from an agricultural production and environmental perspective. Find information on the projects here and email for more details here. Deadline 12th November.

·       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.

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



Please look at Rosina’s Workplace/Research posting too.

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: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form             


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


Other Opportunities

If you take up any opportunities you hear about through IFSTAL it would be GREAT if you could tell Rosina – rosina.borrelli@ouce.ox.ac.uk . Not only can Rosina help with advice on applications, but it really helps us to understand our impact. Many thanks.


The Gleaning Network

Feedback, an environmental organisation that works to improve the food system, is looking for volunteers for one of its projects: The Gleaning Network - an initiative to reduce food waste at the farm level and increase awareness of the problems associated with modern agricultural practice. They  are always looking for volunteers to attend gleaning days and can cover £12 of travel expenses to the farm. The gleaning days are interesting from the point of view of exposing people to the sheer levels of food waste on farm level that often gets overlooked, and this also may provide some research ideas for both undergraduates and postgraduates. We’re very interested in getting young people (specifically 18-24 year olds) interested and involved in food commons.


They have a big gleaning day organised this Saturday (3rd November) in Kent to harvest thousands of pumpkins that are no longer wanted and won’t be sold post-halloween and we’re really keen to get as many volunteers out as possible as there are a lot of pumpkins going to waste!  The best way to sign up is via our mailing list here or via the sign up form here.


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. LINKS to portal .You can find out more about Nourish Our World  - http://www.nourishourworld.org.uk/


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