IFSTAL Digest - 12/01/2017

IFSTAL Digest - 12/01/2017

by Rebecca White -
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Dear IFSTAL Community,

We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year break, and are feeling ready to forge ahead with 2017. We are certainly gearing up to another busy term of events, workshops and away days. Here is a round up of what is going on.

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

Registration for the IFSTAL Symposium in January still open, but closing on Friday 20th January!

This will be on the theme of technology, bringing together academics, students, and professionals from a range of sectors to discuss the role of technology in future food systems. We have lots of great speakers confirmed - Dr Susanne Padel from the Organic Research Centre, Julie Brown Director of Growing Communities, Prof. Jane Dixon at City University, Rokiah Yaman Director of Community by Design, Prof. Erik Millstone from the STEPS Centre at Sussex University and Harley Stoddard from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board...to name a few! For more details, see the event page on the Portal.

Please book your place here on Eventbrite as soon as possible. It's free for students but numbers are limited. The first five students to register from non-London institutions will have their transport expenses reimbursed.

This is a public event, so please send this out to your networks and spread the word!

Dissertation ideas:

See here for some organisations you could approach as well as research questions of interest to DEFRA and the Eden Project.

IFSTAL Portal online resources

There's also information on the forthcoming activities and events for this term under the Events tile on the Portal. Units 3 and 4 will be launched on the Portal on the 23rd of January, and accompanied by face to face workshops locally, as well as another Away Day on Saturday 4th March in Oxford.

IFSTAL have a vacancy!

We have a part time position as Education Coordinator at City available. Are you a dynamic individual with a commitment to, and enthusiasm for engaging with and teaching graduate students? Please find out more here (closing date 29th January).


Postgraduate forum on organic farming 

This session will provide MSc and PhD students a chance to provide updates on their work in areas related to organic farming and agroecology.  This can include plans for future research or results from completed work.

The postgraduate forum is part of the Organic Producers’ Conference in Birmingham 1-2 Feb 2017 . This will be a fringe workshop at 17.45 to 18.45 on Wednesday Feb 1st. Students will need to book tickets for the Conference, some bursaries are available. Send details of your thesis/project, institute and a title for your presentation to Phil Sumption and Laurence Smith at ORC by 13th January 2017.

Call for sessions and papers  for the Oxford Food Forum (to take place on April 29th 2017) ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages across the Food System’.

We invite proposals for a broad range of presentations and workshops. Academic researchers (graduate and early career) across the social and biological sciences are invited to submit a title and abstract for a 15-minute oral paper/presentation. Those outside academia are also welcome to submit an abstract or outline of a presentation showcasing their work in or perspective on the food system. We also welcome proposals for interactive workshops, discussion sessions, posters, or film viewings. For submissions and questions, please contact Abigail Bok at abigail.bok@keble.ox.ac.uk

Internship Programmes currently open:

WORLD BANK: This is for internship opportunities in the summer of 2017 – Closes 31st Jan.

FAO: Ongoing (with monthly stipend)

Contributions call to edited book

‘Institutional Food Service Purchasing as a Lever for Change’. Sapna E. Thottathil and Annelies M. Goger Eds. 150 word abstract due by February 3rd to Sapna (see link).

Call for papers: Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food: MAKING SENSE OF TASTE

We invite abstracts for papers covering any topic related to the (historical) study of taste. See link for more details. Deadline 5th March 2017.

UK Food Group Coordinator – part time, closing 16th Jan.

This is a fantastic part time opportunity to work for the UK Food Group who represent 40 UK NGOs all working towards change in the food system. You will be based out of Godalming at Compassion in World Farming but the location is flexible after your initial weeks. Link - here

Programme Manager for a new Seed Sovereignty programme – Closing 16th Jan

Trying to build up a better and “more resilient seed system”. See the job description here, plus more on what the programme aims to do. 

Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security - $50,000 worth of in funding, deadline 25th January

The Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security recognizes an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food and the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. See here for more. 

Food Research Collaboration – Brexit Food Thinkers Talks http://foodresearch.org.uk/#

‘Post Brexit Farming: Interweaving animal welfare, the environment and public health.’Speaker: Peter Stevenson, Wednesday January 25th 2017, 4pm – 5:30pm at City University

Food Thinkers ‘Dysfunctional regulation of GM crops; scope for improvement post-Brexit?’ Speaker: Jonathan DG Jones, Wednesday 15th February 2017, 4pm – 5:30pm at City University