IFSTAL Digest 05/04/17

IFSTAL Digest 05/04/17

by Harley Pope -
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IFSTAL Digest 05/04/17

Dear IFSTAL Community,

We hope you have had a great term! After Easter IFSTAL has some events that’s may interest you including a food system career event, a PhD away day and the annual IFSTAL summer school. Plus, 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.  Please sign up to the relevant Eventbrite pages below if you wish to attend the event.

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

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

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

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

2016/7 Student Survey

Each year we consult you to see what you think of the programme and highlight areas where we can improve.  Please take the time to fill out the survey.  If you complete the survey you can enter a prize draw to win one of three prizes: a £60 restaurant voucher for restaurant of your choice, a £30 book token, or an IFSTAL mug.

To fill out the survey click here.

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.

You can find information on all of this in the Workplace and Research section of the Portal here. 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

In London, focussing on interdisciplinary working, with sessions on how to publish your interdisciplinary research and tips on finding funding. Applications open 2nd May. 


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/


·       PhD Studentship: Delivering a healthy and sustainable food economy in Letchworth Garden City.  The aim of the project is to underpin and improve the economic base of Letchworth Garden City in relation to food: applying planning, governance and policy tools which are of practical benefit to the townspeople and their health and well-being, and the sustainability of the community and its environment. This is a four-year studentship in the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire with funding from the Letchworth Garden Cities Heritage Foundation (LGCHF) and the Hertfordshire Local Economic Partnership (LEP). The start date is 01 October 2017.


·       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.

·       Food Learning Officer at the Garden Museum -  Part time, 1-year fixed term Click here.


·       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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