IFSTAL Digest 12th December 2019

IFSTAL Digest 12th December 2019

by Rebecca White -
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  • Get dates in the diary for early next year – IFSTAL webinar on January 15th and IFSTAL Workshop on the 19th 

  • Quinoa webinar and slides now available on the portal – see ‘New on the Portal’ section below 

  • Conference abstract call: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. 24-28 June 2019, Hyderabad, India. Deadline 6/1/19 

  • Three exciting vacancies – a centre coordinator and two post-docs in the Vacancies section 


Dear IFSTAL members, 

I expect you are all ready for a break by now – it has been a long and busy term. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the IFSTAL cohort this year and look forward to more chances to meet with you in the coming year. Do keep engaged as we go into 2019 – we have more webinars and workshops planned which build on what we’ve done so far. In the meantime, and on behalf of the IFSTAL team, we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2019, 

Bex  and the rest of the IFSTAL team.  

IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates 

Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary. 





Webinar: Big Data, Indicators and Metrics for Food System Sustainability. Dr Monika Zurek and Mr Vyas Adhikari 

Tuesday 15th January 1-2pm 

Online. Link to come 

Workshop 2: Investigation of Systems Thinking

Saturday 19 January 

(all day) 

@ Reading University.  

Applications for Workshop 2 are now closed. We will be confirming places for this workshop on the 14th December. 


New on the Portal -

The recent webinar on Quinoa, A Climate Smart Crop: Lessons from the past and applications for the future. Given by two IFSTAL students - Alex Wankel an anthropologist and MBA student, and Luke Grenfell-Shaw a plant geneticist and now Water Science, Policy and Management Masters student. 

New blogs –  

Pathways to work explored in workshop 1 – hear a bit more about the diverse and interesting workplace representatives who came to speak to students at Workshop 1.  

Conferences Seminars Events  -

Book launch: Food, Politics, and Society: Social Theory and the Modern Food System. Authors: Alejandro Colas, Jason Edwards, Sami Zubaida, Jane Levi. Thursday 13 December, 6pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1E. Book details here. The authors will be in conversation, followed by a reception. 

Conference abstract call: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. 24-28 June 2019, Hyderabad, India. Call for abstracts details here. Submissions encouraged from all relevant disciplines, e.g. economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences, agronomy, sociology, anthropology etc. Deadline: 6/1/2019.  

Public Lecture: International One Health Day Lecture: ‘An Economists View of One Health’. Wednesday 16 January 2019, 5:15-7:00pm. Public lecture, reception and networking event at the RVC in Camden, London. Registration here. 

Conference: Pig, poultry and dairy Conferences in Asia. March, 2019, Thailand. Details here.   

Conference abstract call: BSA Food Study Group Conference 2019: Re-Imagining Food Systems, Sustainability, Futures and the Everyday. 24-25 June 2019, Monash University, Italy. Details here. Deadline: 1/3/2019.  

Conference: 8th Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment, 1-3 July 2019, France. Details here.  


PhD/Masters Funding - 

Funded PhD Project: Equity in coverage, processes, and health impacts of a complex nutrition trial in India. LSHTM, London UK. Details here. Application info here.   

Funded PhD studentship in Food Policy: City, University of London. Details here:  https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/food-policy and https://www.city.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/sociology   

150 full Ph.D. scholarships, European University Institute - https://www.eui.eu/ServicesAndAdmin/AcademicService/DoctoralProgramme 

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/ 



Centre Coordinator, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London  

We are seeking a nine-month maternity cover at 0.6FTE (3 days per week) for our Centre Coordinator. We are looking for a self-starter to play a key role in developing our communications activities as well as conduct administrative tasks necessary for the coordination of the Centre.  https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BOV077/centre-coordinator Deadline 2/1/19 

Research Fellow in Nutrition, LSHTM, UK

To work on the evaluation of three nutrition studies in rural India and Nepal with Dr Suneetha Kadiyala, Dr Helen Harris-Fry, and a larger team. Details: https://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=EPH-DPH-2018-14. Deadline 9/1/2019.  


Postdoctoral Position in Spatial Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Resistance, Zurich, Switzerland. 

Details: https://apply.refline.ch/845721/6726/pub/1/index.html    


 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@eci.ox.ac.uk. Not only can Rosina help with advice on applications, but it really helps us to understand our impact. Many thanks.  

IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) Summer Fellowship for PhD students: Deadline 11th February 

Thanks to Franziska Gaupp, IFSTAL Alumna, and now IIASA employee for pointing us towards this opportunity. She participated in this intensive 3 month programme and really benefitted: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/yssp/about.html    

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: 28/2/2019.  

STEPS Centre Summer School 

This is a two week Summer School at Sussex University, Brighton, introducing you to the STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Pathways Approach, as well as general theories and practical approaches to sustainability. This is delivered by an inspiring team. Applications welcome from highly motivated doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Deadline: 27/1/2019.  https://steps-centre.org/summer-school/  


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. 


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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