IFSTAL Digest March 6th 2019, Issue 60

IFSTAL Digest March 6th 2019, Issue 60

by Michael Heasman -
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Issue 60

March 6th 2019



·       A night at the movies – the University of Reading is holding a film night on Food Waste on Thursday, see below for details.

·       Offers for places on Workshop 4, University of Oxford, out shortly.

·       City launch first-ever IFSTAL Continuing Professional Development workshop this Friday.

·       Plum new job opportunity at LCIRAH and chance to be an IFSTAL Education Coordinator – see vacancies below!

·       New events and further opportunities listed – see below


Dear IFSTAL members,

Preparations are well underway for IFSTAL Workshop 4 on food system interventions being held at the University of Oxford on March 16th. All applications are in and being sorted and offers to attend will be sent out shortly.

The Workshop promises to be an insightful day including exploring critically the Theory of Change – one of the key methods used in developing projects with impact. Participants will also have the chance to hear from and interact with guest speakers working in the food sector.

The IFSTAL team have been active in other areas. City is pioneering food systems thinking as part of Continuing Professional Development and their first ever CPD workshop will be held this Friday, March 8th.

Other team members have been developing Global South IFSTAL and at end of February delivered a week-long IFSTAL ‘agents of change’ food systems workshop in Indonesia. A key and brilliant learning outcome from participants was the need for both ‘patience and passion’ – sometimes hard to achieve both!

Our Work Engagement lead Rosina Borrelli has been busy out and about meeting IFSTAL students for one-to-one sessions to give advice about working in the food sector. She will continue to visit IFSTAL partner institutions – look out for more dates.

 Best wishes

 IFSTAL team


IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Film night at University of Reading: this will be held on Thursday, March 7th at Nike lecture theatre in the School of Agriculture at 6:00 pm. The movie is called "Wasted! The story of food waste" and it explores both the problem of food waste in the United States and possible solutions around the globe. It also features renowned chefs and food dealers who demonstrate potential ways to help solve the food waste problem. The film will be followed by a Q&A session after the screening at the university bar Park House. Non-IFSTAL members are welcome to join as well!

Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary.




Workshop 4: Interventions for Systems Change

Saturday, March 16th

University of Oxford

Offers for places out shortly

IFSTAL Webinar

Tuesday, March 19th

Details will be available soon

IFSTAL Summer School

June 30th-July 5th

University of Reading – details about how to apply coming soon!


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. 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

On the Portal

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

Recent IFSTAL blogs

Roundup Workshop 3, University of Warwick: An overview of Workshop 3 and how we explored teamwork, stakeholders, and how to collaborate - details can be found here: https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2019/02/26/teamwork-tested-in-workshop-3/

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.


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


In other news: Forest News has an interview with Dr John Ingram, the IFSTAL Programme Director, about whether the food system is ‘broken’ – find it here:  https://forestsnews.cifor.org/59748/working-towards-a-better-food-system?fnl=en


Conferences Seminars Events

City University is holding their next #FoodThinkers event on March 27th when Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University, who will talk about how a City Region Food Systems approach can help to achieve sustainability and equity in the global food system. Professor Hamm is one of my favourite food academics and a pioneer in North America of community food security – not to be missed. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-thinkers-city-region-food-systems-what-why-how-tickets-56796261146

NEW: The World Food System Center at ETH Zurich is running a World Food System Summer School. It will be a community of motivated and like-minded students, researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore how to build sustainable food systems in times of rapid change. The summer school will be hosted on the “Gut Rheinau”, one of Switzerland’s largest and oldest organic farms. The summer school will run from August 17th-September 1st. The application deadline is before March 18th.  Find more information here: http://www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch/education/summer-schools/upcoming.html.

NEW: Opportunity for young plant scientists:  CropLife International – the trade association that represents the plant science R&D companies - are sponsoring a ‘Next Generation Summit’ for plant scientists that will run alongside IUPAC (more here) that takes place in Belgium this May. As part of this, CropLife are on the lookout for around 50 excellent young plant scientists to attend the summit. To attend all expenses paid, you will need to enter a competition they are running and articulate an idea towards sustainable crop protection.

Two exhibitions in London on urban agriculture. Recipes for Building a Food Capital, at Roca, from 9/2/2019 to 18/5/2019, details: http://www.rocalondongallery.com/en/activities/detail/206. FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate, at V&A, from 18/5/2019, details: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/food-bigger-than-the-plate   

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

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: Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week. 24-28 June 2019, Hyderabad, India. Details: https://www.anh-academy.org/anh-academy-week

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

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Tropical Agriculture Association international research project award funding for Masters students. Deadline 31/3/2019, to be submitted with your university. Details here: https://taa.org.uk/taaf/msc-award/

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 Scholarship, University of Birmingham, Food insecurity, risk and resilience in low income households:

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/food-insecurity-risk-and-resilience-in-low-income-households/?p106321 Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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


Become an IFSTAL Education Coordinator!! This job will be a combined IFSTAL EC and research position focusing on sheep and beef production and marketing systems in the UK. Note: deadline is Monday, March 11th. Find details here: https://jobs.rvc.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=PPS-0013-19

Postdoctoral Fellowships for food systems of the future: This new Future Food Initiative fellowship programme is based at ETH Zurich and EPFL and wants to attract talented individuals to conduct innovative and industry-relevant research and innovation. Based in Switzerland, the Future Food Initiative will tackle major challenges to creating sustainable food systems. Fellowship applications will run until 30 April 2019. For further information and to apply: https://www.futurefoodtalents.org


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.


Useful information:

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

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