IFSTAL – food systems training

Course details

  • 4 online units
  • 4 workshops
  • Week-long summer school


Contact IFSTAL

The Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme helps students from different disciplines and backgrounds gain skills and connections that can support food system transformation. Many IFSTAL alumni have gone on to work in food-related careers around the world. 

All the workshops are carefully planned to be highly interactive and deliver a range of perspectives.

In each academic year we offer:

  • Four online units, linked to local university-based workshops
  • A VLE hosting the units, additional resources, discussion forums and blogs
  • Four workshops bringing together students, staff and food system professionals from across IFSTAL’s partner institutions
  • A week-long summer school
  • Links to internships and placement opportunities.

Join a global community

Engage in a programme of cutting-edge, flexible, online units on food systems thinking and methodologies, complemented by workshops.

  • Join our diverse community of more than 1,800 food systems thinkers. 
  • Our global network includes students, alumni and workplace professionals.
  • Connect with those working on real life food system challenges in a variety of organisations.
  • Interact with students from across our partner institutions in interdisciplinary, team-based challenges.
  • Develop future-focused skills in working and collaborating online.
  • Enhance your CV, develop a range of food systems skills and gain opportunities for work and dissertation placements, internships and more.

Tailored training

Customised training courses on food systems thinking can help organisations get to the core of the challenges they face. IFSTAL can work with you to create a training package that addresses your unique issues while giving you access to the international IFSTAL network and community. To discuss tailored food systems training, please contact John Ingram, IFSTAL Programme Leader.


The curriculum is designed to help you develop a range of skills and knowledge above and beyond those you would normally acquire from your studies. IFSTAL will help you become:

  • An imaginative and critical food systems thinker
  • A well-informed and knowledgeable employee
  • A creative and active collaborator and learner
  • An engaged and informed professional able to effect change
  • A confident and flexible communicator

Find out more on the IFSTAL website