IFSTAL Digest 14th January 2019

IFSTAL Digest 14th January 2019

by Harley Pope -
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IFSTAL Digest 9th January 2019




Dear IFSTAL members,


We have a number of exciting events happening this week.  Tomorrow we have an enlightening webinar on the role of big data in moving towards food system sustainability.  On Saturday we have Workshop 2 at the University of Reading. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible across the two events.  More details can be found below.


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. https://ox.webex.com/ox/j.php?MTID=m08babd531699d5adeeed8e2113eb99b5

** please see below for some tips on joining the meeting.

Workshop 2:

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.

Application Workshop 3




Webinar – Big Data, Indicators and Metrics for Food System Sustainability.


·         We will be starting at 1pm sharp, so if you can join the meeting 10 minutes or so before that, that would be ideal.

·         Sometimes Webex needs to run an application on your computer, so make time for this.

·         If you are having trouble using Webex, try a different browser. Microsoft Edge and Linux systems are not compatible with Webex.

·         Please mute yourself once you have entered, using the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen. You should see a red microphone icon crossed out beside your name on the list of meeting participants on the right of the screen.

·         If you cannot hear, go to the Audio menu at the top of the screen and ensure you have the correct speakers selected.


Workshop 2 – Investigation of Systems Thinking


New on the Portal -

The recent webinar on Quinoa, A Climate Smart Crop: Lessons from the past and applications for the future.



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


Public Lecture: International One Health Day Lecture: ‘An Economist’s 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: https://goo.gl/forms/zl8jEIvKd3FilSo73.


LIDC-SOAS Careers Networking Night: How to get into international development. Wednesday 16 January 2019, 6-8pm at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lidc-soas-careers-networking-night-how-to-get-into-international-development-tickets-53180679845?aff=LIDCwebsite


Centre for Food Policy Food Thinkers: Bittersweet Brexit: Where are we heading with our food and farming? Charlie Clutterbuck and Tim Lang Wednesday 23 January 2019 1730-1900 AG21, College Building, City, University of London. Details and registration: https://foodthinkersbittersweetbrexit.eventbrite.co.uk

Conference: Pig, poultry and dairy Conferences in Asia. March, 2019, Thailand. Details: http://www.positiveaction.info/emails/conferences/threeconferencesOL.html


Conference abstract call: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. 24-28 June 2019, Hyderabad, India. Call for abstracts details: https://www.anh-academy.org/sites/default/files/ANH2019_Call%20for%20Abstracts_0.pdf and https://www.anh-academy.org/anh2019-call-abstracts. Submissions encouraged from all relevant disciplines, e.g. economics, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, environmental sciences, agronomy, sociology, anthropology etc. Deadline: 13/1/2019.


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: https://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx. Deadline: 1/3/2019.

Conference: 8th Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment, 1-3 July 2019, France. Details: https://symposium.inra.fr/arae2019/


PhD/Masters Funding 


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


Funded PhD studentship in Human Geography on participatory politics of food justice and insecurity. University of Cardiff. Details: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/project/nothing-about-us-without-us-is-for-us-examining-the-transformative-potential-of-public-engagement-in-politics-of-injustice


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/





Postdoctoral Position in Spatial Epidemiology of Antimicrobial Resistance, Zurich, Switzerland. Details: https://apply.refline.ch/845721/6726/pub/1/index.html  


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


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.



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)


Connect with us: 

Don’t forget you can also join and follow the IFSTAL network on: 

·         LinkedIn 

·         Twitter

·         Facebook 





Ongoing seminar series: SOAS Food Forum. Details here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/foodstudies/forum/seminarfilm/. Open to members of the SOAS Food Studies Centre only. You can join by emailing soasfoodstudies@soas.ac.uk 


Ongoing seminar series: SOAS Agrarian Change. Details here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/development/events/agrarian-change/