IFSTAL digest 5.04 - January 2020

IFSTAL digest 5.04 - January 2020

by Louise Whatford -
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IFSTAL Digest 

Issue 5.04 

January 2020


Dear IFSTAL members,

We hope your start to the new term and year has got off to a great start! In this digest you will find some general info, upcoming deadlines for job opportunities, papers/reports and dates for the next workshops. The next workshop focussing on the application of food systems methods is approaching, please see the link below in events to find out more about this excellent workshop and how to apply.

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

Upcoming dates for your diary – keep an eye out for when applications open and close!





Workshop 3 – Application of food system methods

8th February 2020

School of Geography – University of Oxford

Apply for a place now! Applications close 31st January!

Workshop 4 – Intervention of food systems change

7th March 2020

Royal Veterinary College  Camden campus




We are experiencing issues with participants being able to log into the portal via institutional moodle/Learn pages, our apologies for this and we are in the process of fixing this issue. In the meantime please try using this direct link https://vle.ifstal.ac.uk/login/index.php to log on, if this still does not work please contact Louise and/or Saher (lwhatford@rvc.ac.uk or saher.hasnain@ouce.ox.ac.uk).


Papers | Reports | Blogs | Webinars

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

Papers and reports

Carryover in feed and transfer from feed to food of unavoidable and unintended residues of approved veterinary drugs FAO/WHO expert meeting report. http://www.fao.org/publications/card/en/c/CA6296EN

Food refrigeration: What is the contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and how migh emissions be reduced? FCRN 2020. https://fcrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/FCRN%20refrigeration%20paper%20final.pdf

UK Agricultural bill 2019-2020 https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-20/agriculture.html

How consumers and farmers can transform food systems Forbes/World economic forum- https://www.forbes.com/sites/worldeconomicforum/2020/01/22/how-consumers-can-transform-food-systems/#3d21544c73be

The continuing 2019-nCoV epidemic threat of novel coronaviruses to global health — The latest 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Hui et al., 2020. International journal of infectious diseases. https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30011-4/fulltext

Global risks report 2020 - https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-global-risks-report-2020 

Feeding ten billion people is possible within four terrestrial planetary boundaries. Gerten et al., 2020. Nature sustainability. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0465-1

Blogs and videos

IFSTAL public lecture blog - https://www.ifstal.ac.uk/2020/01/21/8-takeaways-from-the-2019-ifstal-public-lecture/

Food made from air blog and discussion - https://vle.ifstal.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=169

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


The Tropical Agriculture Association Award Fund (TAAF) is now inviting applications from MSc students in natural resource subjects in selected universities, for awards of up to £1,000 to enable them to undertake overseas studies and assignments (minimum duration 8 weeks) relevant to their on-going studies: https://taa.org.uk/taaf/msc-award/

Job and career opportunities

School Food Matters project officers (9th February) - https://www.schoolfoodmatters.org/about-us/work-us

Future Food Fellowship call 2020 (deadline 31 March 2020) -

; https://www.futurefoodtalents.org

PhD Studentship: Margin to Mainstream: Using Engagement to Change Entrenched Consumption Practices Around Food Waste -


FSA senior analyst (deadline 11:55pm 26th January) - https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1662382&csource=csalerts


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/