IFSTAL Digest - February 6th 2019, Issue 58

IFSTAL Digest - February 6th 2019, Issue 58

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IFSTAL Digest  February 6th 2019, Issue 58




  • Workshop 3:  Application of Food Systems Methods, Saturday, February 16th, University of Warwick 

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


Dear IFSTAL members, 


We hope this digest finds you well and happy that we have survived the first month of 2019 and are now into February, with so many IFSTAL events to look forward, it feels like spring is almost here (wishful thinking)! There is certainly a new flurry of activity on the portal introduction page with new students logging on and introducing themselves. It’s amazing to see the diversity of interests and the possible intersections in the topics. We hope you can benefit from the portal discussion as well as our events by starting a conversation or posting something interesting you have found in your studies.  


If you haven’t managed to apply for Workshop 3 do make space in your diary for Workshop 4Intervention for Food Systems Change on Saturday 16th March taking place at Oxford University and apply as soon as we open the applications on 18 February, you won’t regret it.  


All the best,  

The IFSTAL Team 


IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates 

Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary. 





Workshop 3: Application of Food Systems Methods 


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. Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested.  


8 March 2019: CPD01 Understanding Food Systems – FIND OUT MORE / BOOK ONLINE 
29 March 2019: CPD02 Changing Food Systems – FIND OUT MORE / BOOK ONLINE 

We offer a 20% discount for charities, NGOs and self-funded individuals. 

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


New blogs –  


Workshop Two roundup. Reading EC Yara Chamata provides an overview of Workshop Two which covered communication skills and introduced the BATWOVE framework. https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2019/01/28/workshop-two-roundup/ 


Food systems thinking at the World Economic Forum. Michael Heasman, IFSTAL’s EC at Warwick, reflects on how systems thinking was on the agenda at the recent WEF in Davos.  


Discovering the Value of Food Waste. IFSTAL City EC Annabel de Frece reports from a recent FoodWasteNet event on food waste valorisation 




Conferences Seminars Events  


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 

The Global Food Security programme has launched a new science communication competition open to UKRI council-funded PhD students and post-docs “who recognise the food security implications of their research” See https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/activities/speakup/ – Deadline 24 February 

The 2019 City Food Policy Symposium: How to develop and deliver a national food policy. Tuesday 30th April 2019. Book your place here. 


The International Summer School ‘Modelling Food Security’ for PhD students and postdocs-  September 8 to 14 2019 at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. It is jointly organised by the UFZ, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) 

See  http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=45675 – Deadline 28 February.   


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.aspxDeadline: 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 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  



PhD funding: Global Challenges ScholarshipUniversity of Birmingham, Food insecurity, risk and resilience in low-income households:  


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


Survey to support some work Gavin Milligan is doing: 


"Please take our (very short) survey about where your food comes from ... we'd love to hear your thoughts & to share the results with you! 





Internships at Eat Club 

Fundraising & Impact Voluntary Work Placement & Marketing & communications internship.  Voluntary work placement, Central London, UK, Unpaid, travel and refreshments expenses covered, 3 months minimum, 1-day p/week (or two half-days)Email: ruths@eat-club.org 




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. Deadline28/2/2019. 


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 login 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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