IFSTAL Digest 5.02 - November 2019

IFSTAL Digest 5.02 - November 2019

by Louise Whatford -
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Dear IFSTAL members,

The first workshop is behind us and what a day it was, thank you all those that attended and those that missed out don’t worry Workshop 2 on Systems Thinking is OPEN for applications!! In this digest you will find out how to sign up for IFSTAL public lecture which is on the 13th December and how to apply for Workshop 2 which is December 7th. Plus details of a number of useful and interesting events, papers and blogs. 

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 2: Investigation of Systems Thinking – Saturday 7th December (all day) Oxford University

Open for applications! Please note spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis and application closes midnight 28th November and you will hear on the 29th if you have been successful, book your place now! Building on Unit 2, this day of talks, group work and interaction will provide an introduction to systems thinking and how it can be applied to help solve food systems challenges. We will investigate tools for analysing and intervening in food systems problems.  Bringing together students and staff from across the consortium, the workshop provides a rich interdisciplinary environment. There will also be a focus on communications, and an opportunity to explore and practice communication theories and also the chance to get to know the IFSTAL team members more and ask them questions during roundtables!

Why come to this workshop?

  • Meet and work with post-graduate students from other institutions and disciplines working in food
  • Learn transdisciplinary food systems thinking skills
  • Build on the material from Unit 2 (n.b. this workshop draws on and complements Unit 2 material, but will not explicitly revise it)
  • Hone your communications skills - key to food sector employability
  • Work together in a unique interdisciplinary workshop environment on food systems problems

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, bookings close 12:00pm 6th December.


Papers | Reports | Blogs | Webinars

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Papers and reports

Food Systems Sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change. Haysom et al., 2019. READ MORE

System dynamics modeling for sustainable supply chain management: A literature review and systems thinking approach. Rebs et al., 2019. READ MORE

Contribution of systems thinking and complex adaptive system attributes to sustainable food production: Example from a climate-smart village. Jagustović et al., 2019. READ MORE


CGIAR webinar: Enhancing food system resilience – 12th December 2019. READ MORE


FCRN – Moving beyond the impossible: Challenges of cellular agriculture. VIEW BLOG

Keep an eye out for Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 blogs coming soon.

**Do you want to blog for us? We’d love to hear about your experiences or views on some aspect of the food system, or your place (and others’) within it.  Feel free to pitch ideas to your local EC and we can provide guidance on how to get started or on structure if wanted.**


Conferences | Seminars | Events | Funding | Exhibitions | Shows

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.

City Food Lecture 2020 - Thursday 20th February, 10am to 10pm, London

We have been offered 3 places at this fantastic event. This opportunity also incorporates the exclusive student pre-event which includes a very interesting visit to McDonald’s headquarters in London and a student discussion group with the speakers and the panel before the actual lecture.  See here for details of the lecture and previous years: https://www.cityfoodlecture.com/.

Everything is included on the day, but you will need to find your own way to and from London.

In order to be entered the draw, please send an email from your student account with CITY FOOD LECTURE DRAW in the subject line to rosina.borrelli@eci.ox.ac.uk with your name, course and institution in the email body.

This draw will close at MIDNIGHT on 30th November 2019. 3 names will be drawn at random on the 3rd December and you will be notified if you have a place by the 6th December. We also draw 3 further names as a reserve list in case of mitigating circumstances, and we will also inform you if you are on this list. Good luck! 

Inside the Supermarket - BBC documentary

A series of 6 episodes of Inside the Supermarket will broadcast from Thursday 7th November on BBC1 at 8pm. READ MORE


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