IFSTAL Digest - 20th February 2019

IFSTAL Digest - 20th February 2019

by Rebecca White -
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  •  Apply for the final workshop of the IFSTAL year! Deadline Monday 4th March.
  • Food Ethics Webinar “Food Systems and Food Ethics: rethinking the global food system with the aid of an ethical lens”
  • Are you a UKRI funded PhD student? Speak Up for Food Competition – deadline is the 24th February. See ‘Other Opportunities’ section.
  • International Summer School on Modelling Food Security has a deadline for application of the 28th February. See Conferences, Seminars, Events section. 
  • Tropical Agriculture Association has funding available for MSc students' dissertations - see PhD/Masters Funding section.

 Dear IFSTAL members,

We had a great workshop in Warwick on Saturday 16th of February. It was a day spent reflecting on what makes a productive group. Why is this important in food systems? Well, so many food system challenges require collaborations, so we explored this in a number of different ways: discussing team roles, doing a multi-stakeholder partnership exercise, and playing a very high intensity game called, ‘Collaborate’. The resources section from this day is already packed with stuff on the portal here.

Much of this was observed by none other than Sheila Dillon , presenter of the Radio 4 Food Programme. She is hoping to include IFSTAL in an upcoming programme!

The final workshop of the year is on March 16th in Oxford. Do apply! Don’t worry if you’ve not managed all previous workshops, what you do need to show, by the application deadline which is when we sort applications, is having completed Units 1, 2 and 3, and at least made a start on Unit 4.

IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates

Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary.





Workshop 4 Application

Closes Monday 4th March


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

There are still a few spaces left on the first IFSTAL CPD course. 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.

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 -

Ralph Early, previously professor of Food Industry at Harper Adams University, and is now a Trustee of the Food Ethics Council. He speaks on:  “Food Systems and Food Ethics: rethinking the global food system with the aid of an ethical lens”. See here


New blogs –

IFSTAL on track for post-graduate employability. Rosina Borrelli, our Workplace Lead, attended the ‘Westminster Insights Graduate Employability Forum’ where she found IFSTAL to be on the right track  – read more here

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. Read it here

Conferences Seminars Events -

There are currently two exhibitions in London on urban agriculture! Recipes for Building a Food Capital, at Roca, from 9/2/2019 to 18/5/2019, details And, FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate, at V&A, from 18/5/2019, details

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 8th  to 14th  2019 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 here  – 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

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: Deadline: 1/3/2019.

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

PhD/Masters Funding -

Tropical Agriculture Association international research project award funding for Masters students. Deadline 31/3/2019, to be submitted with your university. Details here

Funded Bloomsbury PhD studentship on antibiotic use in farming (mixed methods). RVC (and LSHTM), University of London. Details

Funded PhD studentship in Food Policy. City, University of London. Details

PhD funding: Global Challenges Scholarship, University of Birmingham, Food insecurity, risk and resilience in low income households. Details. Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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

Vacancies -

Training and Education Coordinator for One Health Poultry Hub at the Royal Veterinary College. Details here. Deadline 28/2/2019. 

Programme Manager for the GCRF One Health Poultry Hub at the Royal Veterinary College. Details here. Deadline 28/2/2019.

Research Administrative Assistant for the GCRF One Health Poultry Hub at the Royal Veterinary College. Details here. Deadline 28/2/2019.

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

Please look at Rosina’s Workplace 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.

Speak Up for Food! 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”. Details here.  Deadline 24 February

Olam Prize

The Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security recognizes an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food. Details here

The winning research project will receive US$ 75,000. Deadline: 28/2/2019.


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 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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