Interdisciplinary training to address global food security challenges

We are a collaboration of five higher education institutions 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 1,000 food systems thinkers, including students from a wide range of backgrounds, alumni and workplace practitioners. IFSTAL is available to all post-graduate 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
  • Meet like-minded enthusiasts
  • Attend exclusive subsidised workshops and webinars

We launch the 2018/19 programme on the 18th October – come and join us! We’ll put up links to the eventbrite shortly, but in the meantime, if you are interested, 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


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

Summer School Field Trips

Group 1 We drove to Sheepdrove Organic Farm ( in Berkshire  near the village of Lambourn where we were welcomed warmly by owner Peter Kindersley. The farm is situated on 2300 acres of... READ MORE