IFSTAL Digest 14th November 2018

IFSTAL Digest 14th November 2018

by Rebecca Wells -
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  • Public Lecture  

  • Workshop 2 

  • New Blogs 

  • PhD and job vacancies

  • Interesting events  

Dear IFSTAL members, 

In this digest find out how to sign up for the IFSTAL Public Lecture on December 6th  as well as details of how to apply for our IFSTAL Workshop 2 on Food Systems Thinking.  We also have details of a number of useful and interesting events, job opportunities, funding calls and blogs.  

Happy reading! 

IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates 

Please put these up and coming dates in your diary. 




IFSTAL Public Lecture: 

Judith Batchelar 

‘Collaboration for Impact’ 

Thursday 6th December 6pm 

Live @ SOAS. This event will be held at SOAS, University of London. Simultaneously live-streamed to local events in Warwick, Oxford and Reading. A festive drinks reception will follow in each location. Register for your local event via the portal under the Events tab. 

Workshop 2: 

Saturday 19 January 
(all day) 

@ Reading University  

Applications for Workshop 2 are now open, please go to the portal and fill out the application form. Applications close on December 10th 2018 

Workshop 1 – Exploration of Food System Thinking 

Our first workshop of the year on the 3rd November was a great success not least because of the incredible turn out of students and speakers. Many thanks to the students and speakers who took part in a fantastic day.  If you weren’t successful in getting a place this time, please don’t let that dissuade you from applying for other events in the future. You can now apply for Workshop 2 on the portal and registration is open for the Public Lecture on the 6th December.  This will be live at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, livestreamed to the partner sites where there will be local events.  

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.   

Please do look out for the Workshop 1 blog next week on the IFSTAL website and twitter feed. 

Workshop 2 – Investigation of Systems Thinking, Reading University 

Applications are now open for Workshop 2 

Building on Unit 2, this day of talks, group work and interaction will provide an introduction to systems thinking and how it can be applied to help solve food systems challenges. We will investigate tools for analysing and intervening in food systems problems.  Bringing together students and staff from across the consortium, the workshop provides a rich interdisciplinary environment. There will also be a focus on communications, and an opportunity to explore and practice communication theories, styles and methods. A number of experts will be joining us, but please note there will be no “meet the workplace” roundtables at this workshop.  

Why come to this workshop?  

  • meet and work with post-graduate students from other institutions and disciplines working in food  

  • learn transdisciplinary food systems thinking skills 

  • build on the material from Unit 2 (n.b. this workshop draws on and complements Unit 2 material, but will not explicitly revise it) 

  • hone your communications skills - key to food sector employability 

  • work together in a unique interdisciplinary workshop environment on food systems problems 

To apply for a place on Workshop 2, please go to the Events page on the Portal - applications open on Monday 12th November, close on Monday 10th December, and you will be informed if you have a place by Friday 14th December.  

Food and drinks are provided throughout the day for free, as well as the training. Travel expenses to/from the site are not included.   

IFTSAL 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 one not to be missed!  The lecture will be held at SOAS and livestreamed to the other sites (Reading, Oxford, Warwick)Both the live and streamed events will be followed by a local festive reception, a great opportunity to get together with IFSTAL students, alumni and friends. 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, including details and signups for the streamed events.

New blogs

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. 

Food Thinkers Christmas Special at City, University of London: Wednesday 5 December, 4pm. This year's Christmas Special brings together panellists for the UK launch of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report. The launch will focus specifically on the impact of unhealthy diets as a cause of ill health around the world. Stressing the importance of diet, the panel will discuss not only the effects of unhealthy diets, but also the interventions needed at both a national and global level to facilitate positive outcomes. Guest speaker will be The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development 

Register here 

International One Health Day Lecture: ‘An Economists View of One Health’  

16th January 2019, 5:15 – 7:00pm. We are delighted to invite you to this public lecture, reception and networking event that will take place at the RVC in Camden, London, on Wednesday, the 16th of January 2019. The lecture will start at 5.15pm. You can register using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/zl8jEIvKd3FilSo73. 

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   

Conferences Seminars Events  

The Future – Intelligent Farming. Wed 21st November 2018 09:00 – 12:00 GMT 

Welcome To "The Future"- Indoor Vertical Intelligent Farming Conference (3rd EDITION) Eventbrite here 

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  

Book launch: Food, Politics, and Society: Social Theory and the Modern Food System. Authors: Alejandro Colas, Jason Edwards, Sami Zubaida, Jane Levi. Thursday 13th December, 6pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1E. Book details: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520291959/food-politics-and-society. The authors will be in conversation, followed by a reception. 

Call for abstracts for the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week 2019. The ANH Academy invites the submission of abstracts for the Research Conference on research at the nexus of agriculture and food systems, nutrition and health to be held in Hyderabad, India from 24-28 June 2019 as part of the annual Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. The conference programme will include invited papers for oral presentations of various formats as well as poster sessions. We welcome papers from all relevant disciplines, e.g. economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences, agronomy, sociology, anthropology etc. Deadline 6th January 2019. Details here: ANH2019 - Call for abstracts.  

Pig, poultry and dairy Conferences in Asia for 2019 

Call for abstracts – Sixth BSA Food Study Group Conference 2019: Re-Imagining Food Systems, Sustainability, Futures and the Everyday. At Monash University, Prato, Italy, 24th-25th June 2019. Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st March 2019. Online abstract submission at: https://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx 

PhD/Masters Funding 

Funded PhD studentship in Food Policy, at City, University of London 

The Department of Sociology at City, University of London, where the Centre for Food Policy is based, is offering one full-time, three-year doctoral studentships for 2019/20 entryIf you are interested in a PhD in Food Policy go to our website for further details https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/food-policy or contact Professor Martin Caraher m.caraher@city.ac.uk 

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/ 


The Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, is looking for a dynamic Post-doctoral Research Fellow, passionate about public policies to improve diets locally, nationally and globally. This new position is full-time, with funding for 3 years. Please do share with those you think may be interested in this role. Closing date for applications: 11.59pm 2nd December 2018. Interview date: 17th December 2018 

For the full job description and application please visit the City website. 

Festival Assistant role for Food Connections 2019 – paid internship. A great role for someone looking to gain experience in comms and festivals. The deadline is 30th November. Details here: https://www.bristolfoodconnections.com/get-involved/jobs/ 

Eating Better Alliance: Part time Campaign and Office Coordinator 

Food Cardiff is seeking a new Sustainable Food Cities Co-ordinator.  

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 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Fish Trade and Food Security in Malawi, at Michigan State University in the Department of Fisheries Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Link to the position (#539745): http://www.careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/500188/research-associatefixed-term Deadline 30th November. 

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


Other Opportunities 

City Spark  

CitySpark is a business ideas competition open to all City students and recent alumni. 

CitySpark focusses on finding problems, identifying real gaps in the market and building evidence based startups from day one. CitySpark places a core focus on encouraging students to ‘get out of the building’, meet target customers and develop a full understanding of the problem to be solved. This provides an excellent starting point for brilliant ideas to develop in to fully-fledged business ventures.  There’s a £1000 prize for the best entry and runners up prizes too. Deadline for application is 19th November. More information: https://www.city.ac.uk/cityventures/start/cityspark?mc_cid=23c50f4680&mc_eid=0b7ae1f02a 


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.  


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

Olam Prize: 

http://www.agropolis-fondation.fr/Appel-a-candidature-Prix-Scientifique-International-Louis-Malassis-et-Prix-Olam  the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, given by leading agri-business Olam International, is awarded in conjunction with Agropolis Fondation’s Malassis Prize. It recognizes an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food. 

The winning research project will receive US$ 75,000. 

Deadline for submission of entries: 28 February 2019, 23:57 (CET, French time). 

STEPS Centre Summer School 


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 (you can also register it to a personal email)  


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