A partnership between the Universities of Reading, Hohenheim and Turin

Launched in 2019, IFSTAL Europe is extending the IFSTAL blend of innovative teaching and food systems thinking to Europe.


The University of Reading is the IFSTAL Europe programme lead. As an existing IFSTAL UK partner, it will coordinate activities across the programme, act as programme manager, lead the planning and running of the international workshops, and lead the creation of new teaching material.

As partner higher education institutions, the University of Hohenheim and University of Turin will help to shape and manage the IFSTAL Europe network, signing up its students to IFSTAL Europe, delivering local teaching and learning activities, and providing student and staff input into the creation of teaching and learning materials.

As industry partners, John Deere and PepsiCo will challenge IFSTAL Europe students to tackle real world issues and provide insight into the skills they will need for the workplace. The industry partners will also contribute to the programme, helping to shape the curriculum so it reflects the needs of industry.


Through a series of innovative, on-line modules and face-to-face skills workshops, and opportunities to participate in a fully funded international Away Weekend and Summer School, IFSTAL Europe students will receive training in food systems analysis and intervention strategies. In the first phase the programme will consist of three academic and three industry partners in the UK, Germany and Italy. The longer-term objective is to establish a fully-integrated, pan-European network of IFSTAL Hubs across all EIT Food countries.


All postgraduate students enrolled at the participating universities who have an interest in food are eligible. IFSTAL Europe students will also benefit from interacting with the IFSTAL network in the UK.

By participating fully in IFSTAL Europe, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate complex food system challenges to a variety of audiences.
  2. Articulate the rationale and importance of adopting a systems thinking approach to food system challenges.
  3. Apply appropriate problem structuring methods to analyse and create intervention strategies for food system challenges.
  4. Engage effectively in interdisciplinary collaborative exercises.

Postgraduate students can sign up for the programme at the beginning of October 2019


IFSTAL Europe is funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT).