IFSTAL Digest 30.11.16

IFSTAL Digest 30.11.16

by Rebecca Wells -
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Dear IFSTAL participants 

As we approach the end of term we would like to thank everyone for joining the IFSTAL network and taking part in the programme. Please do recommend IFSTAL to your colleagues and friends – they can join IFSTAL at any time of the year!

Our last event of the year is this coming Monday, with the IFSTAL Public Lecture, given by food journalist Sheila Dillon (more details below). But there's lots more to look forward to in 2017, including the Summer School and the IFSTAL Symposium, which will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden. Further details to follow but please save the date! In the meantime, read on to find out how to get more involved with IFSTAL, December events at our partner institutions, and workplace opportunities:  

Public Lecture to end term (6.00 for 6.15pm on 5th December) 

Renowned investigative journalist, Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme explores food systems in the media 

The live event will take place in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, WC1H 0XGBut, the lecture will be live streamed to IFSTAL's consortium institutions in Warwick, Oxford and Reading as follows:  

University of Oxford: Beckit Room, School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road OX1 3QY. 

University of Reading: John Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building 

University of Warwick: Room 3.006, Warwick Business School 

Please note that you are welcome to attend at any of the locations but no travel expenses will be covered for this event. 

After the lecture there will be a chance to ask questions or make comments, so If you have a question you would like to ask Sheila, please post it in the Public Lecture Forum on the IFSTAL Portal.  

IFSTAL Symposium: Technology – A Silver Bullet for the Food System? 

As part of our IFSTAL Technology Symposium on Saturday 28th January 2017, we would like to include demonstrations of interesting food technologies. These could be high or low tech and could be at the design stage or fully functioning. So if you've been involved in a project developing a food technology of any kind, from seed drill to nutrition app, and are interested in presenting your work at the Symposium, please do get in touch by using the Symposium Discussion Forum.    

IFSTAL Portal online resources 

Do go to the IFSTAL Portal Events Page to take a look at the reports and resources from the recent Away Day, PhD Symposium and Unit 1 and 2 Workshops. You can also make comments or start a discussion in the discussion forums.  

Further IFSTAL Participation 

If you haven’t introduced yourself to everyone yet, then please do so here. 


City Gastronomic Society 

IFSTAL students studying Food Policy at City have started a Gastronomic Society (https://www.facebook.com/gastronomicsocietycity/?fref=ts). Their first event is this Thursday, 1st December when they will be showing a documentary on insects and how they can positively affect our food system. (https://www.facebook.com/events/532833506913157/). 

Conference on localising food systems: the food-energy-water nexus, Wednesday 7th December, 9:45-5:15pm, Oxford. 

This conference is intended to stimulate exchange and debate about the related issues in re-distributed manufacturing (RDM), food systems, and food-energy-water nexus issues at enterprise, local and regional levels.Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conference-on-localising-food-systems-the-food-energy-water-nexus-issues-of-rdm-tickets-26462988511?aff=eac2 

Centre for Food Policy Symposium, City, University of London, December 12, 2016  

This year's City Food Policy Symposium looks at how we can develop, design and deliver food policies more effectively and inclusively for the 21st century. This event is now fully booked but you can follow all the action from the day on our brand new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/foodpolicycity/ and via Twitter by following @FoodPolicyCity and by using #CityFoodSym 

Global Challenges Programme – 2017. Registration open until 20th December 2016. 

Learn more about an issue you care about and present your findings to the world. This is a competition run by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, with great prizes and the chance to meet fellow contestants at the Oxford Global Challenge Final event.  See here for more details and how to apply.  

PhD Position on Northern Food Systems at Lakehead University 

Lakehead University, in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and the Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) project, is looking for an exceptional candidate to undertake PhD research on issues of northern food systems sustainability. Deadline December 1st 2016. For further details see here.

Calling anthropology students and those interested in the ethics of food 

Vacancy for Group Ethics Audit Trainee Officer at GS-Fresh – apply by 9th December, further details: https://mobile.gs-fresh.com/OnlineRec/default.aspx?Client=Gs 

Pasture-fed Livestock Association: Recruitment of a Chief Executive 

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) is a membership organisation of farmers, processors and retailers coupled with a wide network of supporters, working together to build the market for certified Pasture for Life beef, lamb and milk. PFLA is recruiting a Chief Executive, initially part-time, to build on its solid achievements and take the Pasture for Life certification mark to scale.