IFSTAL Digest 25/01/2017

IFSTAL Digest 25/01/2017

by Rebecca White -
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Dear IFSTAL Community, 

We hope you have been enjoying Term 2 so far! IFSTAL HQ has been busy and there's lots happening. Here is a round up of what's going on.  

NEW IFSTAL Units 3 & 4 Launched TODAY! 

Unit 3 explores Methods for Analysing Food Systems, while the 4th Unit explores systemic change in the food system. Both can be found under the 'Courses' tile on the Portal - here. The face to face workshops corresponding with these take place on Thursday 9th February (except at Oxford where we'll be holding the workshop for Unit 3 on Tuesday the 7th February) and Thursday 23rd February. See details here for your local institution.  

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

Registration for the IFSTAL Symposium on 28th January has now closed! If you registered a place but cannot attend, please let us know asap as each place costs us money and there are people on a waiting list.  

IFSTAL public lecture....

is now available here - LINK .  It is also available via our website - here.

Dissertation ideas: 

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

IFSTAL have a vacancy!  

We have a part time position available as Education Coordinator at City, University of London. Are you, or someone you know, 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).  


Internship Programmes currently open (see workplace forum for more detail) 


  • Tropical Agriculture Association Award Fund (TAAF) - Up to £1000 award offers to MSc students in subjects related to food production and natural resource development at selected UK universities. A Call for Applications and an Application Form can be downloaded from their website www.taa.org.uk (click TAAF on the home page).  

Contributions call 

Call for sessions/papers:  

  • Oxford Food Forum (to take place on April 29th 2017) ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages across the Food System’.  For submissions and questions, please contact Abigail Bok at abigail.bok@keble.ox.ac.uk . The first deadline for proposals is January 30, 2017. Depending on the number of initial submissions, there may be an opportunity to submit in a later round with a provisional deadline of February 10, 2017. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

  • Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food: MAKING SENSE OF TASTE. Deadline: 5th March 2017.  

  • Call for papers for Panel: Achieving Integrated Food Policy: Slim Pickings or Feast of Possibilities? Interpretive Policy Analysis, 12th International Conference - 5-7th July 2017, Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Deadline: 17th February 2017. See here for more details


Postgraduate forum on organic farming  - 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.