IFSTAL Digest 20th March 2019

IFSTAL Digest 20th March 2019

by Rebecca Wells -
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IFSTAL Digest  Issue 61 March 20th 2019 


IFSTAL webinar with Dr Anna Isaacs and Dr Laura Pereira – recording now available. 

June 30th- July 5th: IFSTAL Summer School - University of Reading  

March 27th: City Food Thinkers- City Region Food Systems with Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University. 


Dear IFSTAL members, 

We were delighted to meet 40 of our students on Saturday at our last workshop of the year. It was a fantastic day from start to finish with incredibly enthusiastic, enquiring and collaborative individuals. You can read a more detailed report about the day on the IFSTAL Portal here. As a team, this environment is so enriching and engaging as we strive to bring new ideas and applications to our teaching.  Thank you to everyone who filled out the feedback forms, we really do listen and it helps inform our practice.  

Also, Rosina reminded us to have another look at the journey document and see how your learning and skills have progressed with your participation in the IFSTAL course and our workshops. This is invaluable for identifying what you have achieved over the past few months and will also help you to find a way to articulate this- very useful for many who are looking to find new posts after your studies. 

A special ‘Shout Out’ to Waste2Taste Oxford who supplied the amazing food. The café uses food surplus as its main ingredient, and have a ‘never waste anything’ approach, creating a place for anyone and everyone. More info here: https://www.waste2taste.co.uk/

We will be sending out details of the IFSTAL Summer School over the coming weeks so do look out for our notices.  


Best wishes

IFSTAL team 


IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates 


Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary. 





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.  


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

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

This course will take place 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  

IFSTAL Webinar: Thinking About Food Systems Research in Different Contexts - comparing projects in South Africa and the UK. Recording now available here: http://city.adobeconnect.com/pf2hrshghewf/  In this webinar Drs Laura Pereira and Anna Isaacs from the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, each present their research on sustainable and healthy food systems. As well as outlining their own research projects, they describe the commonality and differences between their work, exploring how inequalities play out in their particular country contexts.  Laura Pereira works on the SHEFS Sustainable & Healthy Food Systems project, and is using food systems methodologies to explore issues of food security in South Africa. Anna Isaacs works in the Obesity Policy Research Unit on the project 'How Families in areas of deprivation engage with their food environments'. 


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, 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 a 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: 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 competitionthey 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    

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/  

Local food systems and local economic democracy: a framework for delivering food security? 

A funded PhD opportunity with Dr Mags Adams and colleagues (Prof Mark Dooris and Dr Ursula Pool) based in the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, at UCLan in Preston (https://uclan-institute-csc.net/), UK. We have a fully funded DTA studentship (https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/programmes-and-projects/#social), funded through the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme. The research will take place in Preston, UK and in Patna, India. https://uclan-institute-csc.net/2019/03/08/funded-phd-studentship-at-icsc-local-food-systems-and-local-economic-democracy-a-framework-for-delivering-food-security/  

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:  


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


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 


Consultancy ICF is looking for a researcher with an understanding of nutrition and food policy to join our team based in London. A central part of this role will be to help coordinate and deliver a large, international project for the European Commission on food reformulation. The project has just started and will last 3 years. You will be joining a well-established practice within ICF that develops, analyses and evaluates regulatory policies including, but not restricted to, policies for the food chain. The practice works extensively for the European Commission and its agencies, as well as UK government departments and agencies. It tackles issues at the top of today’s policy agenda: consumer health, climate change, waste and the circular economy, international trade, economic crime, disruptive technologies, emerging risks are among the issues that we are working on. For further information or to apply, please contact Julien Etienne, julien.etienne@icf.com by 31st March 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 

WCRF International Head of Policy and Public Affairs based in London. There is information about the role and a downloadable job pack: https://www.wcrf.org/int/about-us/jobs/current-vacanciesThe World Cancer Research Fund (linked to the US American Institute for Cancer Research) focusses on dietary connections to prevention of cancer. It publishes the authoritative report on diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer: https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer  

Paid 6 months internship with Consumers International. Location: London, Immediate start/fixed term (Six months) Application deadline: To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, explaining point-by-point how you meet the person specifications to kscott@consint.org. Your cover letter should explain clearly how your skills and experience relate to the criterion detailed in the person specification section of the job description and give examples or evidence. As this is a role we are hoping to recruit for as soon as possible we will be looking at CVs and covering letters as they come in and recruiting as soon as we find a suitable candidate. Please send your applications as soon as possible. 

Post-doctoral position: Transitioning Urban Food Systems @ Dutch Research Institute for Transitions at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.  

The position will involve examining urban food innovators in production, distribution, and consumption (e.g. vertical farming, food sharing, food delivery, circular approaches to reuse food waste) using a transition lens. Candidates should have an excellent academic track record, a completed PhD degree, and preferably have previous working experiences with Chinese research partners. For more details, see:  https://drift.eur.nl/vacancy-postdoctoral-researcher-transitioning-of-urban-food-systems/ Apply by 24 March 2019. 

Communications Manager for Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change @ The Institute for Global Health at University College London. Deadline 27th March! 



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.  


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