IFSTAL Digest 12/8/2016

IFSTAL Digest 12/8/2016

by Rebecca White -
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Dear IFSTAL-ers,

We hope you’ve managed to grab some sunshine while working on your MSc or PhD dissertations. 

There is plenty going on to distract you from these tasks, even if this doesn’t come from IFSTAL directly! However, we do have something organised by Rosina Borrelli, our Workplace Engagement Lead, in collaboration with Compassion in World Farming – a micro-internship. But first, an update on the VLE...


Summer School personas - when communicating with, persuading, engaging or just trying to develop empathy with stakeholders, it is useful to have some idea of their situation(s). At the summerschool we thought we’d use the ‘group think’ in the room to develop some personas for key food system stakeholders. These are now up on the VLE under the Summerschool tab, and under a section called Summer School Materials

Photos from the summerschool will be going up under this tab shortly – we’ll keep you posted.

There is also a new blog on the VLE about a conference attended by some of the IFSTAL team on ‘Nutrition, Power and the Environment - why food is about more than what we eat’. You can read it here.

IFSTAL Year 2. The launch - 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!


Micro-internship @ Compassion in World Farming 

Compassion in World Farming are a global NGO campaigning peacefully to end all factory farming practices. They believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach – and so only work on farm animal welfare.

The micro-internship will involve supporting the CIWF Animals are Not Freight Campaign on 29th August 2016. This could involve: helping set up, taking part in a small stunt, talking to supporters, taking photos, tweeting.

If you would like to support the event in the lead up and/or on the day, please contact Wendy Smith directly: Wendy@ciwf.org.uk

If you would just like to attend the event, please find out more here        

Food Systems and Natural Resources MOOC

From 8th August to 11th September Future Learn are offering a MOOC developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute on ‘Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia’. You can join it here

Free Creative Methods for Learning and Teaching Theory Symposium @ Middlesex University, 9th September

Middlesex University is hosting a symposium presenting five case studies of creative learning and teaching. You can find out more here

If you want to book a place don't delay and contact Dr. Alex Elwick on a.elwick@mdx.ac.uk

IFSTAL will pay travel expenses for up to 2 students on the condition that you write a blog about what you learnt and how it can apply to teaching and learning on food systems. If you would like to take up this opportunity, please email your local EC.

PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship is available from Massey University, New Zealand, for someone to work on sustainable diets/sustainable food systems for Pacific Island countries. It's open to NZ and international students and provides NZD 25,000 per year for three years. Food composition work will necessarily feature in the research. Applications close September 5th 2016. See this Website for more.

 Job Opportunity

 Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator, for Sustain, London.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 8th September 2016. This is a part-time post, and the hours or contract length may be extended, subject to successful fundraising, with some fundraising currently in progress. A full job description and details of the application process can be found here

Event - Edible Utopia, Somerset House, London

There are also three days of creative experimentation around food at Somerset House, London on the 18th, 20th and 21st of August.



Edible Utopia is a creative experiment designed by a group of artists and academics to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Devised by Clare PateyTim MitchellSophie MasonJane Levi and Katherine McNeil, it investigates the multi-layered utopian possibilities within food, to be explored through collective growing, cooking, feasting and conversation. Participants and visitors will rediscover these as shared, life-enhancing activities filled with utopian potential, revealed by and within the extended Somerset House and King’s College site.

I think that is all folks! 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

Bex, on behalf of the IFSTAL Team