IFSTAL Digest 3rd April 2019

IFSTAL Digest 3rd April 2019

by Rebecca White -
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  • Draft summerschool programme available on the portal under the events tab. Applications to open within the next week. See ‘upcoming dates section’ of this Digest. 
  • IFSTAL CPD 2 day course in July in Reading - spread the word! 
  • Some important reads in the ‘Interesting Reports’ section.
  • Live talk and webcast on City Region Food Systems, by Dr Mike Hamm, see ‘Conferences, Seminars, Events’ section.  

Dear IFSTAL members,

Many of you will be on 'holiday' now, perhaps writing essays or preparing for next term, and maybe getting a bit of rest! We hope you have the chance to look through the conferences, events, talks, reads and opportunities in this IFSTAL Digest. 

Do remember the IFSTAL Journey document. 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- useful when it comes to job applications and interviews. It can be found here (under 'getting started' on the portal). 

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

Also, this will be my last Digest as I will be leaving the IFSTAL team at the beginning of May to take up a post as 'Learning Manager' with Sedex (www.sedexglobal.com). It has been totally awesome to be part of the IFSTAL team and the programme's genesis into the brilliant course it is today. Do keep in touch via LinkedIn and I wish you all the best with your learning and food journeys. 

Best wishes


on behalf of the IFSTAL team

IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates




Rosina Career 1:1s

29th April (10-12)

Oxford University – School of Geography

Rosina Career 1:1s

9th May (12-2)

Reading University - tbc

Rosina Career 1:1s

24th May (12-2)

Warwick University - tbc

IFSTAL Summer School

June 30th-July 5th

University of Reading – you can read the draft timetable under the events tab, Summer School 2019, HERE


IFSTAL Continuing Professional Development

The IFSTAL City team have successfully run the first two dates in our CPD calendar, and are now keen to hear from those interested in a 2 day course to take place in Reading on the 3rd and 4th of July.  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.

For more information about the training email ifstal-city@city.ac.uk and download the brochure  HERE

On the Portal

You can read up on Workshop 4 on the portal HERE. The resources section has the day’s presentation, and will have notes from the ‘workplace carousel’ shortly.

Now you are on holiday, you might also have time to catch up on the recent webinar from City University, ‘ Thinking About Food Systems Research in Different Contexts - comparing projects in South Africa and the UK. Recording now available HERE  . 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. They explore how inequalities play out in their particular country contexts.


Recent IFSTAL blogs

Roundup Workshop 4, University of Oxford: learn about how we explored the tool ‘Theory of Change’ as well as hearing from a host of excellent workplace speakers. HERE

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.


Interesting Reports:

The Future 50 Foods: Knorr and WWF teamed up with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, Director of The Center  for Public Health Nutrition at the University  of Washington, to explore currently under-utilised or eaten foods that could play an important role in the future given their health benefits, availability and low-impact production requirements. Interesting reading! HERE

The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: This commission looks at obesity in a much wider context of common underlying societal and political drivers for malnutrition in all its forms­ and climate change. The Commission urges a radical rethink of business models, food systems, civil society involvement, and national and international governance to address The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change. HERE

IFPRI Global Food Policy Report: IFPRI reviews the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2017, and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2018 at the global and regional levels. This year's report looks at the impacts of greater global integration—including the movement of goods, investment, people, and knowledge—and the threat of current antiglobalization pressures. HERE

Conferences Seminars Events

Call for papers by the Global Food Security Journal on two themes:

April 10th 2019. World Bank conference, ‘Can food be the planet’s medicine?’. Not easy to go to, but there is a chance to ask questions and follow the action – check it out HERE  

20th May, 2019. City Region Food Systems – live webcast, and Oxford Martin School based talk by Dr Mike Hamm, HERE.  

19th – 24th May. IUPAC International Congress on the Future of Crop Health (more HERE) that takes place in Belgium. Prices to register go up after the 30th of April!

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

24-28 June 2019 Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy Week, Hyderabad, India. Details

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


PhD/Masters Funding 

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

Deadline approaching! (Friday 12th April) 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. The research will take place in Preston, UK and in Patna, India. Find out more HERE.  

 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

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.

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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