IFSTAL Digest - 03 May 2017

IFSTAL Digest - 03 May 2017

by Annabel de Frece -
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IFSTAL Digest 3 May 2017

Dear IFSTAL Community,

We hope you have had a great Easter break! Coming up IFSTAL has some events that may interest you, including food system career events and a PhD away day. Plus, as usual, a number of posts about other relevant and interesting opportunities. 

Annabel is now working with Rebecca at City as Education Coordinator and is looking forward to meeting you at the many events we have coming up over this term.

Careers and skills days in May 2017

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.

FINAL Call for Oxford - IFSTAL and Your Career in the Food System- TOMORROW

Includes a fantastic session from Dr Mike Moss about your personal brand, networking and using Linked In

Register here:



2016/7 Student Survey

Thank you to those who managed to fill out our student survey. Your feedback is valuable in showing us what you think we do well and what we can develop for our students. If you haven’t already filled it out, please do so here.  The survey will close on the 11th May.

PhD Away Day - Tuesday 13th June, 9:30am-4pm  

LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Specifically for PhD students, this Away Day aims to bring together a wide range of doctoral researchers from the IFSTAL consortium in a relaxed setting to discuss their work and explore themes and skills around interdisciplinarity, including research and funding.

Sessions include:

  • talk and Q&A with guest speakers on experiences of interdisciplinary research (from LCIRAH and City)

  • talk and Q&A with a Grants Officer from the Wellcome Trust on postdoctoral funding opportunities

  • a workshop on writing interdisciplinary research funding proposals 

We will provide lunch, refreshments throughout the day, and finish with tea and cake, ensuring opportunities to chat to each other and our colleagues and guests. 

Applications close 20th May - click here to apply. Further details can be found on the IFSTAL portal events page

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 Rosinas 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.

Dont  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.

New Blog Post

In late March, Dr Harley Pope, IFSTAL Education Coordinator at the University of Reading met with Professor Bellotti and asked him to share his thoughts on food systems thinking.  To read the blog, Click here.



  • PhD Studentship: Delivering a healthy and sustainable food economy in Letchworth Garden CityThis 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).  Closing date: 29th May. The start date is 01 October 2017.


Roles CLOSING SOON at Food Foundation & Compassion in world Farming: They both have high visibility of the IFSTAL Programme, so make sure you reference your experience and knowledge of the food system and attach your certificate of participation to your application.


  • YFood is hosting its inaugural YFood Insight & Innovation Day- a day to get inspired and discover some of the leading trends, innovations, startups and companies driving the Food Tech movement and the future of food. There are 5 discounted tickets available for students on the IFSTAL programme and at £50 each they are an absolute steal (full priced tickets are £250) so be quick to get yours before they go!

    You can read the full line up here and tickets include full day access with breakfast, lunch, drinks and evening canapés & cocktails. Use code IFSTAL50 at the checkout to get your discount. You need to be enrolled on the IFSTAL programme to be eligible for this discount.


  • TRF Food Sustainability Media Award- Food waste event, 9th May, Radici, (acclaimed chef Francesco Mazzei’s newly opened restaurant). This event is organised in partnership with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. The Award seeks to recognise outstanding reporting on issues related to food sustainability, both published and unpublished, in the categories of written journalism, photography and video. This would be a great opportunity for students to learn more about a potential topic of interest and to meet other media professionals and experts working in the area. The Award is open to both published and unpublished work, meaning students who have or would like to produce work on the topic can submit an application even if the work is not published. Winners in the unpublished categories will win a place on a Thomson Reuters Foundation media training course on food sustainability. The deadline for submissions is 31st May. 

  • Pop up activity programme running every Wednesday 10-6 at Selfridges, London until June 8th 2017. A free drop in opportunity to engage in activities such as pea podding, tea making, herb bundling and spice grinding. Held around a giant table with lots of conversations happening about memory, culture, tradition and health. Every Thursday 1-3 and 4-6 £15 SOAS Alumni ‘Anthropologists of Eating’ are running Bookable workshops alternating on the themes of the Sourdough Story and Preserves.


    Go home with new knowledge, a sharing of your knowledge and either a sourdough starter and a loaf from St Johns bakery or two preserves. More information: anthropologistsofeating@gmail.com

  • IHR Food History Seminar will be held at 5.30pm on alternate Thursdays during the summer term. For further information, please see http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminar/food-history or email foodhistoryseminar@gmail.com You can also follow us on Twitter: @IHR_FoodHist

  • Food security and conflict: narratives and interventions. Part of the 'The nature of conflict' seminar series hosted and organised by the Oxford Martin School. Presenter: Professor Gunnar Sørbø (Chr. Michelsen Institute). 18 May 2017 at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Website and registration

  • Sustainable Diets In The 21st Century. Panel discussion with Professor Charles Godfray (University of Oxford), Sir Peter Kendall (Former NFU President, Chairman AHDB), Dr Marco Springmann (University of Oxford), Helen Browning (Chief Executive of the Soil Association). Part of the Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017. 30 May 2017, Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Website and registration

  • SOAS Summer School: Food and Nutrition in Development (24th July – 11th August 2017)  at SOAS, University of London, Deadline for application: 23 MAY 2017. Designed for students, academics and practitioners interested in gaining knowledge on food, nutrition and health in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives, such as political economy, nutritional science and anthropology. The course features field trips to Livestock Production Units lead by IFSTAL. Please refer to the link for further details: https://www.soas.ac.uk/summerschool/subjects/development-studies-and-environment/food-and-nutrition-in-development/ 


Tackling controversial issues such as, "Should consumption of animal products be banned?", as well as to what extent we desire or have an aversion to eating animal products, and how we perceive different animals for consumption or not, and our place in the food chain.

Calls for sessions/papers:  

  • IT’S NOT ALWAYS JUST ABOUT THE FLAVOUR! - Monday, 22nd May, 2017 - 09:00 to 16:30. Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG8 1DH. A one-day interactive conference organised by IFSTs Sensory Science Group (SSG).

  • 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.

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