An Evening with IFSTAL and “The Art and Politics of Eating”

Date: 17/10/2019

RVC, 4 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0T




This event combines discussions on (beef) food systems with the launch of the Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme at the London (Camden) campus of the Royal Veterinary College. We will start the evening with the launch of the Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme (it will run this year for the 5th time) followed by a film screening, panel discussion and a reception. RVC and the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) will be hosting the event on the 17th of October 2019 at the RVC, 4 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0T.


First, they will introduce you to the structure, aims and benefits of the IFSTAL programme, including options for students and workplace partners to get involved in the IFSTAL. They will then show a 30 minute documentary by British-Canadian artist and film maker, Zev Robinson, called ‘The Scottish Breed’. This forms part of his art, film and food project “The Art and Politics of Eating”. The documentary focusses on beef production in Scotland with interviews from the farmers themselves detailing their farming life and experiences. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about meat production and the issues surrounding this topic with the following panel members:

– Lucas Daglish – Group Food and Beverage Policy Manager Whitbread

– Vicki Hird – Campaign Coordinator food and farming policy at Sustain

– Phil Hambling – National Farmers’ Union Head of Food and Farming

– Amy Jackson – Oxtale Specialist communications in agriculture


IFSTAL is a collaboration between five higher education institutions: The University of Oxford, LCIRAH (comprising The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, School of Oriental and African Studies) and the University of Warwick. The programme offers interdisciplinary food systems teaching and learning to undergraduate and postgraduate students making use of the experience and expertise of staff members of these institutions. Using a range of teaching methods and benefitting from an extensive workplace liaison and alumni network, IFSTAL aims to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of our food systems and train food systems thinkers.


This public event is free but places should be reserved using the Eventbrite link below. 


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