New Innovative Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching Announced

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 11:00

Cross-university, interdisciplinary food systems training to improve food security and environmental outcomes

The Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme is pleased to announce an exciting new programme of teaching and learning for graduate students at the Environmental Change Institute and four other leading universities in England.

Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) is an interactive training programme designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. With core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it will bring together expertise and experience of faculty and students from five leading higher education institutions

IFSTAL addresses the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. It will adopt a range of teaching methods and a virtual learning environment to link students with the complementary skills of the collaborating institutions. In addition, a comprehensive research placement and internship programme is being developed, strengthening links with potential employers. Through IFSTAL, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for them to be more effective in the workplace. This will allow them to address the systemic failings in food systems which have resulted in about one billion people being hungry, two billion lacking sufficient nutrients, and over two billion overweight or obese.

IFSTAL is led by the Environmental Change Institute’s Food Systems Programme and the Consortium includes the following universities:

Further details can be found on the project summary document


Photo of lecture theatre by Jirka Matousek

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