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

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

Workshop 4 roundup

The final IFSTAL workshop in Year Four took place in Oxford on 16 March, drawing students from the collaborating institutions to the City of Dreaming Spires. The aim of the day was to... READ MORE

Teamwork tested in Workshop Three

Systems thinking and team work were in the spotlight for Workshop Three, which took place on 16 February at The University of Warwick’s impressive Occulus Building. We were honoured to welcome food journalist... READ MORE