IFSTAL Digest 22/03/17

IFSTAL Digest 22/03/17

by Rebecca White -
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Dear IFSTAL Community,

While we’ve finished much of the IFSTAL annual programme of workshops and away days, there is still plenty going on! In particular continue reading to find out about our summerschool, careers days and another PhD away day. And as usual, a number of posts about other relevant and interesting events.  

Summer School – Applications now open!

The IFSTAL Summer School will be taking place in Warwick from Sunday 2nd to Friday 7th July. This is a fully funded, residential, intensive summer school, open to up to 30 IFSTAL students from across the consortium. It is a great opportunity to extend your knowledge, meet experts, fellow students and prospective employers, join field trips to local food businesses, and work on real-life team projects set by food companies. 

Confirmed speakers include: Ray Ison, Professor of Systems at the Open University, Caroline Bennett from Sustainable Fish, Craig Sams founder of Green and Blacks Chocolate and Ruth Segal from the Food and Climate Justice team, Oxfam. And there will be more....

Please note that places are allocated on the basis of demonstrated engagement with IFSTAL, so please be sure you have completed your Profile on the Portal, and are up to date with the Units. You can apply here on the Portal (under the big EVENTS tile) - applications close on 10th April. Please see the relevant section here in Events for more information.

Careers and skills days:

We have specialist careers sessions in each IFSTAL location taking place in May. YOU CAN BOOK A 20 MINUTE 1:1 SESSION WITH A CAREERS ADVISOR/ROSINA and participate in a two hour career skills session. For more details and to book your slot, see the link in the Workplace Events section here on the Portal. 

  • 4th May: Careers / Skills event  for Oxford students.

  • 11th May: Careers / Skills event  for Reading students.

  • 18th May: Careers / Skills event  for Warwick students. 

  • 25th May: Careers / Skills event for our London students.

Research/ Careers / Internships / Certificates

As some of you approach the end of your studies, IFSTAL may be able to help you with finding suitable opportunities in the workplace. Check out Rosina’s latest workplace update in the workplace forum HERE, and the workplace tile in general for links to research opportunities with OXFAM, research ideas of interest to the Eden project, and opportunities to support the Sustainable Food Trust in their policy work.

Don’t forget to include IFSTAL on your CV – many organisations recognise and favour this.

If you would like a certificate to reflect your participation in IFSTAL, please see the information regarding the procedure here on the Portal.

PhD Away Day

This will be happening on the 13th June at the London International Development Centre (home to LCIRAH). It will focus on interdisciplinary working, with sessions on how to publish your interdisciplinary research and tips on finding funding. Applications open 2nd May under the Events tile.

Also on the IFSTAL Portal and Webpage.....

Would you like to visit an aquaponics farm in London?

The Growup Box in London is a small aquaponics farm growing fish, salads and herbs. They offer tours for a minimum of 10 people at £10/head, and we wondered whether there is sufficient interest across the IFSTAL network to book a tour? If you'd be interested in visiting, please contact City's EC Rebecca on ifstal-city@city.ac.uk

Workshop write-ups from Units 3 & 4 - on Food System Methods and Instigating Change 

We write up these workshops on the Portal. You can find the reports, as well as photos and resources, under the events tile here on the portal homepage. The workshops are ordered by date. If you’d like to start or continue discussion from the workshops, you can also post in the Unit 3 forum here or the Unit 4 forum here.

Videos of the presentations from the IFSTAL Symposium

Videos of all our wonderful speakers at the IFSTAL Symposium on Food Systems and Technology are now available to view under the events tile on the IFSTAL portal.

Blog on the 4th March Workplace Away Day

Thanks to City MSc student Gavin Wren for his great blog on our workplace away day – you can read this in our main portal forum here, or on our website here.

Workplace Away Day resources

All the resources and photos from the Away Day are now on the portal here, and also accessible to those of you who were unable to attend. Look out for Team Theory and Multi Stakeholder Partnerships tools and techniques. 


  • There is a new briefing paper from the Food Research Collaboration, written by Sustainable Food North West, describing the evolution of a collaborative, regional, five-university food research project: details here.
  • Also from the FRC, a new briefing paper on using the arts for food research and dialogue.  http://foodresearch.org.uk/using-the-arts-for-food-research-and-dialogue/

  • Fifteenth Summer University on food history and culture, 28th August - 3rd September, in Tours, France. Bursaries available. Details here.  16th June 2017 deadline.

  • Professor Corinna Hawkes will give the Cambridge University Behaviour & Health Research Unit annual lecture, 11th May 2017 at 1800 in Downing College. Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University of London, Professor Hawkes' lecture is entitled: Tackling Childhood Obesity: are we doing enough? http://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/events/behaviour-and-health-research-unit-annual-lecture-/signup/


  • 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  (click TAAF on the home page), deadline 31st March.


  • Green Infrastructure Opportunity: A team of ecologists at University of Liverpool are keen to hear from potential applicants to the NERC Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowship direct call on Green Infrastructure. Find more information on the Ifstal Forum here. Deadline April 27th.


  • Hacking flavour perception: Design, technology, & gastrophysics, 27 March, Somerville College, Oxford. Free workshop on the sensory experience of food. Register online.

  • VeggieWorld London, 8-9 April, Kensington Town Hall. Further information on the website.

  • Oxford Food Forum annual conference: ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and Building Linkages across the Food System’. 29th April at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Registration now open (£5 for students, £7 for professionals, some hardship grants available). Register here or visit the website for more information.

Calls for sessions/papers:

  • 8th Annual Conference of the AESOP ‘Sustainable food planning’ group, Coventry, November, 'Re-imagining sustainable food planning, building resourcefulness: Food movements, insurgent planning and heterodox economics', details here

  • Journal of Urbanism has a special issue call: ‘Food and Urbanism’. The aim is to explore and extend our knowledge and understanding of the ways that food and urbanism interconnect in diverse urbanism contexts worldwide. More information here, Deadline 1st September.

  • The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger and the University Centre of Brasília are calling for papers on 'Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and School Feeding Programmes'. The papers will be entered in a contest open to graduate students in any part of the world, as well as professors and graduate researchers in social and political sciences and nutrition. The three top winners will take part in study trips organised by the WFP Centre of Excellence. Articles must be in English. New deadline  2nd April, details here.

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