IFSTAL Digest 2nd May 2019

IFSTAL Digest 2nd May 2019

by Harley Pope -
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Issue 61

May 2nd 2019



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


Dear IFSTAL members,


We have had good initial uptake on applications for the IFSTAL Summer School.  The Summer School is the culmination of the IFSTAL programme and a great, opportunity for a fully-funded residential retreat to delve into some of the issues that we have been investigating over the course of the year.  There are a few places still available, so we have extended the deadline till 10th May.  Do please sign up, the feedback from previous years has always been overwhelmingly positive.


Rosina has asked to draw your attention to a new Alumni Facebook Closed Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/482562742282144/ as well as our existing LinkedIn Group for networking: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8481225/. If you haven’t already, please sign up and benefit from the collective experiences and opportunities provided by your peers from this and previous years.  Finally, we are having an Alumni meet-up on the first day of the Summer School at Reading.  Save the date: Monday 1st July 5pm Reading


Also coinciding with the Summer School are two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) dates.  Please see below for more information and pass on to any colleagues or organisations in your networks that may be interested.

Wishing you all a good bank holiday and exam period,




IFSTAL Programme 2018/2019 – upcoming dates


Please put these forthcoming dates in your diary.





IFSTAL Summer School

June 30th-July 5th

University of Reading –Closing date extended to 10th May



IFSTAL Continuing Professional Development

Building on the success of their first CPD session in March 2019, the IFSTAL programme is offering further CPD sessions in July, coinciding with the IFSTAL summer school.  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.


3 July 2019: CPD01 Understanding Food Systems – book here
4 July 2019: CPD02 Changing Food Systems – book here
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


Conferences Seminars Events

Greenhouse gas and dietary choices Open Source Toolkit, Hackathon, 23rd May, Oxford: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/greenhouse-gas-and-dietary-choices-open-source-toolkit-ggdot-hack-oxford-tickets-59965812359

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   


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 



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



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





Post Doc Position @ Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Enset is a poorly known banana relative, but provides the staple food for 20 million Ethiopians. The impact of climate change on this important food security crop is currently unknown, and a question that this position will be directly involved in answering. There will be a large fieldwork component, particularly suited to someone interested in combining genomics/modelling with community engagement and food security.  Email Dr James Borrell J.Borrell@kew.org or click here for more information.  Closing date 12th May.


The Food Chain: Training & Volunteer Co-ordinator.  Be part of our award-winning team to provide excellence in volunteering for our 200 fantastic volunteers.  Every year The Food Chain supports around 350 people living with HIV, through specialist dietetic advice, essential grocery deliveries, shared meals in our friendly kitchen plus nutrition and cookery classes.  This is a key role in recruiting, training and retaining volunteers to play an active role in all aspects of service delivery and organsational life.  Click here for more information.  Closing date 13th May.


Food Cycle: East of England Regional Manager.  As Regional Manager you will represent, manage and co-ordinate FoodCycle for your allocated regional Projects. Our Projects are spaces where volunteers are empowered to run their own community meals using surplus food. You will manage local relationships with supermarkets, volunteer recruitment channels and venues to enable this to happen. Click here for more information. Closing date 26th May.



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.


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

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)


Connect with us: 

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