IFSTAL Digest 5.01 - October 2019

IFSTAL Digest 5.01 - October 2019

by Louise Whatford -
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Issue 5.01

October 2019



Dear IFSTAL members,


Welcome to our new joiners! Thank you for attending the launch events and signing up to the portal. For those of you who did not manage to attend one of the launch events, welcome!


The IFSTAL digest is a monthly update to alert you to reports, papers, conferences, IFSTAL events and actions. We also send out a workplace update monthly with career info, internship, employment and further study opportunities.


We apologise for some teething issues with the portal, we have been migrating to a new platform and some unforeseen consequences arose! If you experience any problems please do not hesitate to contact your education coordinator for help. Although it may not be the most modern of portals we promise the content is well worth it! J


Please use the portal and our website to identify and connect with the IFSTAL team and to introduce yourself using the forums. Many thanks for those of you that already have, it’s great to see such a diverse and talented group of people joining us! Introducing yourself on the portal is a great way to start to get to know one another. Then you are ready to start the course units! The units are compulsory if you want to make the most of IFSTAL and be considered for the summer school at the end of the year, however the workshops are optional but really excellent days (also attending these will help your case for summer school!).


Do also follow us on social media (all the links below), we, and others use #ifstal #foodsystemsthinking to flag up interesting events, roles or opportunities that may be of interest. 


Best wishes,





IFSTAL News | Events | Links


Workshop 1: Exploration of food systems – Saturday 2nd November (all day) SOAS

Now open for applications! Please note spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis and application closes midnight 28th October, book your place now! Building on Unit 1, workshop 1 will provide an introduction to food systems concepts, and tools for understanding and mapping them. Bringing together students from across the consortium, the workshop provides a rich interdisciplinary environment. There will also be a focus on developing workplace skills and meeting professionals from across the food sector.  

Public Lecture – Friday 13th December (evening) SOAS

A dynamic and exciting evening as always, this year’s public lecture will be given by Sue Pritchard. She is the Director of RSA – Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and has received a number of fellowships and board level appointments across a variety of challenges. She has worked with governments and enterprises on delivery of major and complex projects. Combine this with a number of books and papers on leadership and change and running an organic livestock farm gives her a great understanding and foundation in the challenges in sustainable change.


This is not one to be missed! It is also a great opportunity to meet IFSTAL alumni and key individuals working in food. If you want to attend the London event in person, please sign up to the Eventbrite by clicking here.



Papers | Reports | Blogs | Webinars


If you have suggestions for this section, please let us know or share on the portal forums.


Papers and reports

EAT-Lancet Report - EAT



World Development Report 2020 – The World Bank



Pesticide Action Network & Soil Association - The Cocktail Effect





Global Britain Conference recap 2019





Keep an eye out for blogs on the portal, particularly as a number of the IFSTAL team recently attended the N8 AgriFood Annual Conference in York 22-23 October 2019. This was an excellent conference showcasing the collaborations and innovative ideas that are both needed and happening to tackle the questions and challenges of developing a sustainable food system.


Conferences | Seminars | Events | Funding | Exhibitions


Keep an eye on your local moodles for relevant events local to your institution – but please feel free to share on the portal for others who may have missed them.


RSA conference – Future Foods: Farming to improve health (25th November- Warwick Conferences, Coventry)



Bayer – Onion and Carrot Conference (20th November, Cambridge)



UFAW – Animal Welfare student scholarships



Technology and green spaces – Social farms and gardens (29th October, London)




Keeping in touch


See ways below to interact with alumni, the IFSTAL wider community and raise your profile:

·       LinkedIn Page:  https://www.linkedin.com/school/10994214/admin/      

·       LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8481225/

·       Twitter: https://twitter.com/ifstal

·       Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ifstal/

·       Facebook Group (private group for alumni): https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifstalcommunity/

·       Add your email to our newsletter list: https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/contact-us/