IFSTAL Symposium 2018: Food systems in changing trade landscapes

Announcement: Please note that registrations are now CLOSED. 

When: Saturday, 27 January 2018 09:00-18:30

Where: Cass Business School, City, University of London, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ

The IFSTAL Symposium is back for a second year – we have an exciting day of talks, discussions, debates and workshops planned.

This year we will be exploring Food Systems in Changing Trade Landscapes – from the impact of trade agreements on diet and health to the likely effect of food trade on the environment this will be a thought provoking day. We have a great line up of speakers and opportunities for you to hear from, meet and work with food sector experts as well as students from IFSTAL institutions and beyond.

Bringing together a range of disciplines to outline key issues and challenges facing the trade of food today, the symposium will offer insights into different approaches and skills in systems thinking as a route to problem solving. You will have access to experts from a variety of academic and professional fields and will have the opportunity to listen to a key note speaker as well as participate in a series of workshops led by IFSTAL Academic Leads, IFSTAL Education Coordinators, and professional experts.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Christopher Elliott, Queen’s University, Belfast

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

David Lee, Head of Trade and Food Statistics, Food and Rural Affairs

Alan Hayes, Strategy and Sustainability Manager, IGD

Duncan Williamson, Food Policy Manager, WWF

Vicki Hird, Campaign Coordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain

Sarah Malone, Economics Executive, Food and Drink Federation

Check the Portal for further details of the programme (log-in required).

At the end of the Symposium, delegates will be able to:

  • Outline the historical context of contemporary global food trade.
  • Describe the current and likely future changes in global food trade.
  • Analyse the impact of changing trade landscapes on a variety of food sectors and organisations.
  • Compare the impact of changes in global food trade on different food systems through face to face interaction across disciplines and institutions.

The ticket includes attendance to all sessions for the full day, as well as refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception.

To reduce food waste and recover some of the catering costs there is a small charge for attending the Symposium.

Register before 22nd December to get the Early Bird rate of £15 for students, £25 for non-students.

IFSTAL students from Oxford, Reading and Warwick can also claim back their travel costs.

Would you like to share your research with the IFSTAL network? Take this opportunity to enter the Poster Presentation Competition – we will display your academic posters at the Symposium, the best will win a £30 book token. All you have to do is send a title and an abstract about your work (max 200 words) to Rebecca Wells and Annabel de Frece, the IFSTAL Education Co-ordinators at City, University of London by 22nd December 2017 (email: ifstal-city@city.ac.uk)

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