Restatements Research Assistant

Deadline: 12.00 noon on Monday 30 March 2015

For more details, visit the Oxford University Recruitment Website or download the job description.

Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 6: £27,057 - £32,277 p.a.

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, with the Oxford Martin School, is recruiting a research assistant to join a team producing policy-relevant reviews of the natural science evidence base in contested subjects. These reviews – called “Evidence Restatements” - are a new format of scientific paper summarising the scientific literature relevant to a contentious policy debate. Early topics have covered the control of bovine TB (including the effects of badger culling) and whether insecticides are responsible for pollinator declines.


The Food Systems Research Group in the Environmental Change Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food are organising a seminar series based on a number of food system levels: national, subnational, major cities and a provincial city.

The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.

Time: 4.15pm

Location: Gottman Room, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

The talks will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception. Everyone welcome.


By Dr Elin RöösSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences & visitor at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford

"What role of grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?" was the overarching question being discussed at an event in Bristol last week organised by the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT).


by Elisabeth van de Grift and Joost Vervoort

CCAFS Scenario team and partners help governments in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador plan under uncertainty.


By Cecilia Schubert, Communications Officer (CCAFS) with significant contributions from Marieke Veeger and Joost Vervoort, both working for the Future Scenarios team.

Future scenario development and modeling approach helps further strengthen Honduras’ risk management and climate adaptation strategy.


The Oxford Student Food Forum will be holding their 4th Annual Conference on May 2nd 2015 and are inviting researchers across the social and biological sciences, NGOs, farmers, and businesses to submit a 300 word abstract for a 15 minute oral paper/presentation.

The theme of the conference will be: Culture, Food and the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security.

The deadline for abstracts and visuals proposals will be December 31, 2014, and decisions on abstracts will be sent out in the early part of 2015.

For submissions and any questions, please contact

Please download the Call for Proposals for more information.


This year The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)’s headline series will focus on the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.

Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TORCH is offering joint doctoral studentships and paired research sabbaticals to enable science and humanities postholders in Oxford to develop joint research projects and to provide opportunities for outstanding doctoral students to conduct their research under the joint supervision of a scientist and a humanities scholar.


By Hannah Rowlands

Last week, the Oxford Martin School hosted a seminar about the health and environmental imapct of our diets, as part of their seminar series "Health in the 21st century: what’s new?".

You can watch the seminar again on their website, but here are some notes that summarise the main arguments made by the three speakers.


If you missed the Oxford Martin School event last week, "Well fed? The health and environmental implications of our food choices", with talks by Professor Susan Jebb, Dr Mike Rayner and Dr Tara Garnett, then you can watch a video of the event here:


Call for Contributions: World Food System Conference 2015 | 21 – 26 June 2015 | Ascona, Switzerland

Tackling World Food System Challenges: Across Disciplines, Sectors, and Scales

The World Food System Center of the ETH Zürich is pleased to announce that the call for contributions to the World Food System Conference 2015. The conference organizers are particularly interested in contributions that highlight cross- and trans-disciplinary collaborations and focus on solutions to the challenges facing the world food system.  Submission deadline is 22 February 2015.

Please see the flyer or visit for further details.

Submission deadline: 22 February 2015