IFSTAL Digest 28/7/2016

IFSTAL Digest 28/7/2016

by Lauren Blake -
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Dear IFSTAL-hort


This season is not only hot (practically tropical heatwaves here in the UK!), but it’s also the time of year most of you are deep in the throes of dissertations, research and thesis writing. Make sure you take some breaks and remain hydrated and refreshed with your beverage of choice. My favourites are delicious and delicate elderflower cordial, and (post-work day!) local beers and ciders. Mmm.


We won’t bother or distract you too much, below is a heads up on some good things going on and what we’re up to at IFSTAL HQ. In this intense (and often lonely) academic period, remember, if you’d like any help, advice, someone to talk through ideas/struggles with, careers chat and guidance, or just a pair of ears to rant at, we are here for you! The ECs, PIs and Workplace Officer are mostly around throughout the summer so do contact us.





Survey draw winner

Thank you to all who participated in our survey. We have lots of valuable feedback that we’re using to tweak and shape IFSTAL in its second year. It will be bigger, better, shinier, and all round better! Here’s a pic of Corinne Muir from Warwick receiving the top prize, a £60 restaurant voucher!

survey winner Corinne

City University Activities

The Food Research Collaboration recently released an article as part of their Ecofeminism series, titled Sowing the Seeds for a New Era of Research and Activism. It provides a summary of the seminar series and lessons taken from it. Read the article here. A briefing paper on Energy Drinks has also received significant media attention. The document can be accessed here.




The IFSTAL team is finalising the content of our material and programme for the coming academic year. If you’re staying on in your postgraduate studies at one of our institutions, or know someone who might be interested in learning about what we do, put the Year 2 IFSTAL Launch date in your diary. We will have simultaneous events in Oxford, Warwick, Reading and London (City) for all to attend on Tuesday 18th October in the late afternoon/early evening. Look out for details!


Portal (Moodle/VLE)

Our Portal is having a make-over! We’ll be re-launching at the start of the new academic year. We’ll keep you posted.


Year 2 Events/Activities Programme

As well as the annual week long residential Summer School, we’ll be having not one but THREE Away Days! Including one aimed specifically at PhD students. We’ll also be hosting a Public Lecture in December and a Symposium day in January, as well as several face to face workshops to work through Food Systems Thinking skills.




KUPANDA: Game on Seasonality and Nutrition at SOAS

During SOAS’s Summer School on Food and Nutrition in Development, there will be a session dedicated to KUPANDA: a game on seasonality and nutrition. They are looking for players to make the game interactive and interesting. It’s both fun and stimulating professionally. It takes place on Tuesday 9th August from 1-4pm in SOAS (main building, room 563). For more details please visit the event listing here. To register, please email: f_picchioni@soas.ac.uk.


Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty

Apply here to join the UK delegation for the second Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty. The Forum is all about building a big inspiring food sovereignty movement across the whole continent of Europe. The forum is being held in Romania on 26-30 October, and a delegation from the UK will take part. Join in and get involved, whether you want to be part of the delegation or if you are not able to go but would like to feed in ideas and help with the preparations.

Internships in Italy

Seats are available for internships this Autumn/Fall (2016) at Gustolab International. The internships focus on: sustainable farms; cheese production; coffee and coffee culture; Mediterranean culture, diet and nutrition; activism and education; food and wine journalism; and innovative start-ups in food.

Gustolab also has internships during the Spring and Summer. See their Youtube video here.

For more information, please write to info@gustolab.com.





Join our networks

Join our IFSTAL LinkedIn group (our main platform for alumni), our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @IFSTAL.



If you’d like some formal recognition of your participation in IFSTAL, you can apply for a certificate. For details on how to get one, please refer here.


JOKE: "new name for Eton Mess... Brexit"

(for those unsure of what Eton Mess is, look it up - yummy British summer desert!)


As always, if you have any general queries about IFSTAL, or are seeking academic or careers advice and support, do get in touch with your local EC


Best wishes

Lauren, on behalf of the IFSTAL Team