IFSTAL Digest - January 23rd 2019, Issue 57

IFSTAL Digest - January 23rd 2019, Issue 57

by Michael Heasman -
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IFSTAL Digest 

January 23rd,  2019



·         Applications now open on the Portal for IFSTAL Workshop 3 being held at the  University of Warwick, Saturday, February 16th; 

New Webinar announced on Food Ethics and Food Systems scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th at 3.00PM;

City University launch IFSTAL Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops – see below for details;

Webinar held at University of Oxford on Quinoa: A Climate Smart Crop now available on Portal;

IFSTAL Workshop Update published January 18th.



Dear IFSTAL members,


It has been a busy January for IFSTAL.


Workshop 2 on the Investigation of Systems Thinking was held at the University of Reading on January 19th. This was an engaging and thought-provoking day with the students attending rating the overall workshop very highly. Among the highlights we learnt about our individual communications style (and what this meant for our careers) and ended the day as budding experts on the BATWOVE method for systems thinking!


The University of Oxford ran an intriguing webinar on Big Data, Indicators for Food System Sustainability on January 15th – you can see this by going to the Webinar portal page and following the links.


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the IFSTAL Workplace Update which went out last Friday. As usual it lists a lot of new internship and voluntary opportunities as well as a selection of job and PhD openings. Well worth a read to see the range of ‘food system’ opportunities available embracing different academic disciplines.  


Applications for Workshop 3 are now open through the Portal - it is being held on Saturday, February 16th at the University of Warwick. The theme for the day is the Application of Systems Methods. 

In Workshop 3 we will be looking at team working skills, multi-stakeholder partnerships, doing a case study using food system thinking to analyse how fishing production and consumption has changed, and finishing with an interactive food challenge game. Applications close February 4th.

(NOTE: for those who applied early the technical issues with the application process on the Portal are now fixed – please try again).


Finally, don’t forget you can follow all on-going IFSTAL activities on our Twitter feed.



IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates

Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary.





Webinar: Food Ethics and Food Systems, by Ralph Early, Trustee of the Food Ethics Council and former Professor of Food Industry, Harper Adams University

Wednesday, February 6th at 3.00PM

University of Warwick, Room BSR5, Gibbet Hill Campus, School of Life Sciences

Workshop 3: Application of Systems Methods

-          Apply now through the Portal before February 4th

Saturday, February 16th

University of Warwick

Workshop 4: Interventions for Systems Change

Saturday, March 16th

University of Oxford

IFSTAL Webinar

Tuesday, March 19th

Details will be available soon

IFSTAL Summer School

June 30th-July 5th

University of Reading



IFSTAL Continuing Professional Development

New for 2019 and designed to provide professional training in food systems thinking and practice, IFSTAL’s first short courses will take place in March 2019. Launched on the back of IFSTAL’s successful postgraduate programme, the training is aimed at individuals and groups from industry, government and the third sector.

8th March 2019 ‘Understanding Food Systems’

29th March 2019 ‘Changing Food Systems’

Both courses will run at City, University of London.

IFSTAL’s continuing professional development courses will equip individuals with the most up-to-date knowledge on food systems and provide an effective toolkit for bringing about change. Places are limited, please email us for more information and to reserve your place.

For more information about the training email ifstal-city@city.ac.uk and download the brochure at http://www.ifstal.ac.uk/CPD


New on the Portal -

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



New blogs –

This IFSTAL Blog has a number of interesting new reads. There is a report from the recent FoodWasteNet conference on deriving value from food waste and a review of the IFSTAL Public lecture by Judith Batchelar, OBE, Head of Brand for Sainsbury’s  - including a link for anyone who wants to see Judith’s information packed talk again.


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


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

Public Policy Exchange ‘Tackling Food Waste: Protecting the Environment and Helping Society’ Wednesday 13th February 2019 10:15am — 4:30pm. De Vere Holborn Bars. Details: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/JB13-PPE

Public Policy Exchange ‘Food Safety in the EU: Maintaining High Standards and Ensuring Transparency of Information’ Thursday 11th April 2019 10:00am — 4:30pm. Brussels. Details: http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/JD11-PPE2

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 


Studentship opportunity with Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, LSHTM and the UPAVAN team. Pathways to impact: Causal Mediation Analysis of a Complex Community- based Multisectoral Intervention on Maternal and Child Nutrition Outcomes in India. Details: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/research/nagasaki-lshtm-phd?fbclid=IwAR0CQ4LX4MWlM8hAUWSaKQdxlS-_vlT4O_1FpFWiareJaHG5MWqXeChXmjs#research-topics

Funded Bloomsbury PhD studentship on antibiotic use in farming (mixed methods). RVC (and LSHTM), University of London. Details: https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/phd/studentships/Antimicrobial_usage_in_farm_animal_veterinary_practice


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


NOTE – deadline of January 31st fast approaching!!

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)


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