As a collaboration of seven higher education institutions, IFSTAL is pioneering a learning community and resource to enable a step change in food systems thinking. We have already built a large and diverse community of over 1200 food systems thinkers, including students from a wide range of backgrounds, alumni and workplace practitioners. IFSTAL is available to all postgraduate students enrolled at the participating institutions. The programme equips participants with the skills to apply critical interdisciplinary systems thinking to issues of long-term food security through fostering intra- and inter-institution activities, and the means for taking new learning to the work-place.

  • Make change happen in the workplace
  • See the bigger food systems picture
  • Meet others who want to enact change
  • Attend exclusive workshops and webinars

The 2018/19 programme launched on 18 October. If you are interested in joining us, contact your local Education Coordinator.

Find out more about IFSTAL and how IFSTAL works. Sign in to the IFSTAL portal now (requires access to your institution’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): Weblearn, Canvas, Blackboard or Moodle).

  • University of Oxford
  • City University London
  • University of Reading
  • The University of Warwick
  • Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Latest news and blog posts

Year 4 launch for IFSTAL

There were full houses across the partner institutions as postgraduate students with diverse skills but a shared enthusiasm for food system change attended the 2018/19 IFSTAL launch on 18 October. Aiming to create... READ MORE


Louisa Knocker – IFSTAL Alumni 2017/18, LSHTM Thursday 27th September 2018 saw the IFSTAL showcase event at the Town Hall in Oxford, celebrating the first 3 years of the IFSTAL programme. The event... READ MORE