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A/Prof. Vincent Versace

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Position

Director, Deakin Rural Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Medicine

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2008
Bachelor of Environmental Science, Deakin University, 2004
Bachelor of Science, Deakin University, 2003

Contact

Biography

Associate Professor Vincent Versace, PhD, BESc, BSc. Vincent is the Director of Deakin Rural Health, and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers. He specialises in biostatistics, population health and health geography. His key research interests include cardiovascular disease risk, and diabetes prevention and management.

Most relevant is his recent study examining colorectal cancer and adenoma rates for regional and regional NBCSP participants. Vin’s extensive experience in chronic disease prevention research, combined with his proficiency in biostatistics and health geography, will ensure comprehensive analysis and presentation of the data.

Read more on Vincent's profile

Career highlights

HDR supervision

PhD Candidates
• Andrea Hernan (Supervisor)
• Tim Baker (Supervisor)

PhD Completions
• Dr Jacquomo Monk (Associate Supervisor)
• Dr Stuart Brown (Associate Supervisor)

Affiliations

Deputy Chair, Australian Rural Health Education Network

Community Advisory Board Member, Greater Green Triangle Clinical School, Deakin University

Awards

2006 Loch Postgraduate Research Award  School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University- ‘Awarded to the best postgraduate research student who has completed the equivalent of one year’s full-time candidature’

2006 HDR Excellence Award  Faculty of Science and Technology, Deakin University- To support and reward outstanding research conducted by a HDR candidate

2005 Land and Water Australia Travelling/Visiting Fellowship  ‘Integrating data with GIS and satellite methodologies for sustainable dryland salinity management (Project No: DUV7)’ ($8,000)
This grant provided funds to visit Cornell University (USA) and Wageningen University (The Netherlands)

2004 Russel Yencken Award  School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University – ‘Awarded to Best Honours Student in the School of Ecology and Environment who has subsequently enrolled in a postgraduate research degree with the school’

2004 Nancy Millis Postgraduate Award  from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries ($5,000 per annum salary, $2,000 per annum project costs over 3 years, total $21,000)

2004 Australian Postgraduate Award  ($18,484 per annum over 3 years, total $55,452)

2004 Outstanding Student Achievement Award  Deakin University Warrnambool Campus

2003 Honours Award  School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University – ‘Awarded to Best Honours Student’

2003/2004 Recipient of CSIRO Summer Vacation Scholarship  from the CSIRO Division of Marine Research

2002 Head of School Award  School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University – ‘Awarded to Best Third Year Student’

2001 Water Quality Award  School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University - ‘Best Student who has Completed Second Year’

2000 Frances O’Connor Award  School of Ecology and Environment, Deakin University – ‘For Great Endeavour in First Year’

Projects

2018 Cancer Council Tasmania – ‘Using point-of-care clinical prompts in general practice to increase bowel cancer screening participation in Tasmania: A preliminary trial’. (Associate Investigator) - $22,860

2018 Western Alliance Let’s have a yarn about chronic disease: a collaborative multi-disciplinary participatory action research approach to addressing Aboriginal health in South West Victoria (Chief Investigator) - $74,804

2018-2019 Western Alliance Patient Measure of Safety in Primary Care: pilot study of an intervention to improve safety in rural Victoria (Associate Investigator) - $87,348

2016-2017 Department of Health (Federal) Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial (Chief Investigator) - $3,200,000

2017 Western Alliance Determining best practice for the management of teenage pregnancy in rural and regional health services (Associate Investigator)  - $65,000

2017 Western Alliance A Post-Hospital Discharge Pharmacist Medication Management Service for High Risk Patients Using Telehealth (Associate Investigator) - $35,000

2017 Kardinia Health Meeting national targets and indicators to reduce mortality from chronic illness in general practice (Investigator) - $41,900

2016 SEMPHN Evaluation of the Map of Medicine project at South Eastern Melbourne PHN (Associate Investigator) - $43,000

2016-2017 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Small Grants (Flinders University) Where not to have your heart attack in South Australia and the Northern Territory: A linked health data analysis of the association between population composition, geographic accessibility to cardiac services and cardiovascular disease outcomes  (Associate Investigator) - $15,000

Completed major projects

Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study (MDPS): Life! Diabetes Prevention Program: A Randomised Control Trial of its Efficacy, Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness.
Funded by: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), (Associate Investigator and Trial Statistician) - $833,000

Mothers After Gestational Diabetes in Australia (MAGDA).
Funded by: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Department of Human Services - Victoria, Health South Australia, Diabetes Australia Victoria, General Practice Victoria, Diabetic Association of South Australia Inc., General Practice South Australia (Associate Investigator and Trial Statistician) - $1,292,000

Other Completed Projects

Victorian Local Sustainability Accord and Warrnambool City Council (2009-2012) Warrnambool Corangamite Land Suitability Decision Framework (Associate Invetigator) - $229,164

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (2011) Spatial patterns, landscape genetics and post virus recovery of blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra (Leach), in the Western Commercial Fishing Zone of Victoria (Associate Invetigator) - $58,800

NSW Industry and Investment (2011) Support for research on genetic variability in Donax deltoids (Chief Investigator) - $10,000

Glenelg Hopkins Management Authority An investigation into the life cycle of the Sicilian sea lavender (Limonium hyblaeum) on the salt marsh communities of south west Victoria (Chief Investigator) - $2,000

School of Life and Environmental Sciences (2010) – ‘Strategically positioning Deakin University to capitalise on future recreational fisheries funding opportunities: enhancing relationships with Fisheries Victoria and other relevant collaborators’ - $3,020

Department of Primary Industries Recreational Fishing Grants Program (2010) - ‘Preliminary stock assessment and population genetic structure of pipis (Donax deltoides) with specific reference to Victoria’ - $5,445

Publications

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2018

Screening for diabetes prevention with diabetes risk scores - A balancing act

C Lee, V Versace, J Malo, J Shaw, J Dunbar, S Colagiuri

(2018), Vol. 135, pp. 120-127, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Shannon, Ireland, C1

journal
2017

Comparing a telephone- and a group-delivered diabetes prevention program: characteristics of engaged and non-engaged postpartum mothers with a history of gestational diabetes

S Lim, J Dunbar, V Versace, E Janus, C Wildey, T Skinner, S O'Reilly

(2017), Vol. 126, pp. 254-262, Diabetes research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Heart failure following blood cancer therapy in pediatric and adult populations

J Franzon, N Berry, S Ullah, V Versace, A McCarthy, J Atherton, D Roder, B Koczwara, D Coghlan, R Clark

(2017), pp. 1-7, Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Influence of socioeconomic factors and distance to radiotherapy on breast-conserving surgery rates for early breast cancer in regional Australia; implications of change

I Collins, C Lum, V Versace

(2017), Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Predictors of effective therapeutic relationships between pharmacists and patients with type 2 diabetes: comparison between Arabic-speaking and Caucasian English-speaking patients

H Alzubaidi, K Mc Namara, V Versace

(2017), Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal

Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial: protocol for a pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled trial to compare three screening methods for undiagnosed type 2 diabetes in Australian community pharmacy

I Krass, R Carter, B Mitchell, M Mohebbi, T Shih, P Trinder, V Versace, F Wilson, K Mc Namara

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-13, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia (MAGDA): a randomised controlled trial of a postnatal diabetes prevention program

S O'Reilly, J Dunbar, V Versace, E Janus, J Best, R Carter, J Oats, T Skinner, M Ackland, P Phillips, P Ebeling, J Reynolds, S Shih, V Hagger, M Coates, C Wildey

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-21, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Heart failure following cancer treatment: characteristics, survival and mortality of a linked health data analysis

R Clark, N Berry, M Chowdhury, A McCarthy, S Ullah, V Versace, J Atherton, B Koczwara, D Roder

(2016), Vol. 46, pp. 1297-1306, Internal medicine journal, London, Eng., C1

journal

Research protocol for a digital intervention to reduce stigma among males with a personal experience of suicide in the Australian farming community

A Kennedy, V Versace, S Brumby

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Characteristics of patients with haematological and breast cancer (1996-2009) who died of heart failure-related causes after cancer therapy

V Versace, N Berry, M Chowdhury, S Ullah, A McCarthy, J Atherton, B Koczwara, D Roder, R Clark

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 253-260, ESC heart failure, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Cardiovascular disease risk assessment in Australian community pharmacy

K Mc Namara, G Peterson, J Hughes, I Krass, V Versace, R Clark, J Dunbar

(2016), pp. 1-10, Heart, lung and circulation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2015

Socio-cultural disparities in GDM burden differ by maternal age at first delivery

M Abouzeid, V Versace, E Janus, M-A Davey, B Philpot, J Oats, J Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-11, PloS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Assessing the impact of drought and forestry on streamflows in south-eastern Australia using a physically based hydrological model

S Brown, V Versace, R Lester, M Walter

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 6047-6063, Environmental earth sciences, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Challenges of diabetes prevention in the real world: results and lessons from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

J Dunbar, A Hernan, E Janus, E Vartiainen, T Laatikainen, V Versace, J Reynolds, J Best, T Skinner, S O'Reilly, K Mc Namara, E Stewart, M Coates, C Bennett, R Carter

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-13, BMJ open diabetes research and care, London, Eng., C1

journal

Evaluation of AUSDRISK as a screening tool for lifestyle modification programs: international implications for policy and cost-effectiveness

J Malo, V Versace, E Janus, T Laatikainen, M Peltonen, E Vartiainen, M Coates, J Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-8, BMJ open diabetes research and care, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Scaling up diabetes prevention in Victoria, Australia: policy development, implementation, and evaluation

James Dunbar, Abirami Jayawardena, Greg Johnson, Karen Roger, Amy Timoshanko, Vincent Versace, Jane Shill, Benjamin Philpot, Erkki Vartiainen, Tiina Laatikainen, others

(2014), Vol. 37, pp. 934-942, Diabetes care, C1

journal

Patient engagement strategies used for hypertension and their influence on self-management attributes

K McNamara, V Versace, J Marriott, J Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 31, pp. 437-444, Family practice, Oxford, England, C1

journal

The association between Point-of-Care testing of Troponin and the management of patients with chest pain suspected of acute coronary syndrome : a systematic review protocol

F Li, R Clark, V Versace, P Newman

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 99-112, JBI Library of systematic reviews, Adelaide, S. A., C1

journal

Association of weight misperception with weight loss in a diabetes prevention program

A Hernan, V Versace, T Laatikainen, E Vartiainen, E Janus, J Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-5, BMC public health, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal

Hydrologic llandscape regionalisation using deductive classification and random forests

S Brown, R Lester, V Versace, J Fawcett, L Laurenson

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-20, PloS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

A population-based observational study of diabetes during pregnancy in Victoria, Australia, 1999-2008

M Abouzeid, V Versace, E Janus, M-A Davey, B Philpot, J Oats, J Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 1-9, BMJ Open, London, England, C1

journal
2013

Ocean currents influence the genetic structure of an intertidal mollusc in southeastern Australia-implications for predicting the movement of passive dispersers across a marine biogeographic barrier

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Steven Montgomery, Kate Bowie

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1248-1261, Ecology and evolution, C1

journal

Detecting patterns of change in benthic habitats by acoustic remote sensing

A Rattray, D Ierodiaconou, J Monk, V Versace, L Laurenson

(2013), Vol. 477, pp. 1-13, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

journal

A comparison of Australian rural and metropolitan cardiovascular risk and mortality: the Greater Green Triangle and North West Adelaide population surveys

Philip Tideman, Anne Taylor, Edward Janus, Ben Philpot, Robyn Clark, Elizabeth Peach, Tiina Laatikainen, Erkki Vartiainen, Rosy Tirimacco, Alicia Montgomerie, others

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. e003203-e003203, BMJ open, C1

journal

Mothers after gestational diabetes in Australia Diabetes Prevention Program (MAGDA-DPP) post-natal intervention: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

S Shih, N Davis-Lameloise, E Janus, C Wildey, V Versace, V Hagger, D Asproloupos, S O Reilly, P Phillips, M Ackland

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-10, Trials, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Occupational differences, cardiovascular risk factors and lifestyle habits in South Eastern rural Australia

N Davis-Lameloise, B Philpot, E Janus, V Versace, T Laatikainen, E Vartiainen, J Dunbar

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-7, BMC public health, London, England, C1

journal

An investigation into the use of urban consolidation as a tool for sustainable land use management in Warrnambool, Victoria

L Hanigan, A Wallis, V Versace

(2013), pp. 985-999, ISDRC19 2013 : Just transitions : a global perspective : Proceedings of the 2013 International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, E1

conference

Applying stock indicators for assessment of a recreational surf clam (Donax deltoides) fishery in Victoria, Australia

Z Lewis, K Giri, V Versace, C Scarpaci

(2013), Vol. 93, pp. 1381-1387, Journal of the marine biological association of the United Kingdom, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Assessment of spatiotemporal varying relationships between rainfall, land cover and surface water area using geographically weighted regression

Stuart Brown, Vincent Versace, Laurie Laurenson, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Jonathon Fawcett, Scott Salzman

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 241-254, Environmental Modeling & Assessment, C1

journal

The development of 20 microsatellite loci for the Australian marine mollusk, Donax deltoides, through next generation DNA sequencing

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Kate Bowie

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 257-260, Conservation genetics resources, C1

journal

Are we predicting the actual or apparent distribution of temperate marine fishes?

J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, E Harvey, A Rattray, V Versace

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-11, PloS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Aspects of the biology of Galaxias maculatus

L Laurenson, R French, P Jones, D Ierodiaconou, S Gray, V Versace, A Rattray, S Brown, J Monk

(2012), Vol. 81, pp. 1085-1100, Journal of fish biology, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2011

Comparison of automated classification techniques for predicting benthic biological communities using hydroacoustics and video observations

D Ierodiaconou, J Monk, A Rattray, L Laurenson, V Versace

(2011), Vol. 31, pp. S28-S38, Continental Shelf Research, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and their role in sustainable planning: a case study from a Local Government Area (LGA) in Australia

Vincent Versace, Jacquomo Monk, Scott Salzman, Laurie Laurenson

(2011), pp. 1-9, ACIS 2011: Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Identifying the Information Systems Discipline, AIS, E1

conference
2010

Land use change and nutrients simulation for the Siah Darvishan basin of the Anzali wetland region, Iran

M Ghafouri, N Ghaderi, M Tabatabaei, V Versace, D Ierodiaconou, D Barry, F Stagnitti

(2010), Vol. 84, pp. 240-244, Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology, C1

journal

Habitat suitability for marine fishes using presence-only modelling and multibeam sonar

J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, V Versace, A Bellgrove, E Harvey, A Rattray, L Laurenson, G Quinn

(2010), Vol. 420, pp. 157-174, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

journal

Circle versus longshank hooks: Comparing hooking locations and recreational catch for juvenile snapper Pagrus auratus and King George whiting Sillaginodes punctata

Daniel Grixti, Simon Conron, Karina Ryan, Vincent Versace

(2010), Vol. 106, pp. 27-31, Fisheries research, C1

journal
2008

Regional-scale models for relating land cover to basin surface-water quality using remotely sensed data in a GIS

V Versace, D Ierodiaconou, F Stagnitti, A Hamilton, M Walter, B Mitchell, A-M Boland

(2008), Vol. 142, pp. 171-184, Environmental monitoring and assessment, C1

journal

Appraisal of random and systematic land cover transitions for regional water balance and revegetation strategies

V Versace, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Frank Stagnitti, A Hamilton

(2008), Vol. 123, pp. 328-336, Agriculture, ecosystems & environment, C1

journal

Absorption and desorption characteristics of fluoride in the calcareous and siliceous sand sheet aquifers of south-west Victoria, Australia

S Salzman, G Allinson, F Stagnitti, R Hill, L Thwaites, D Ierodiaconou, R Carr, J Sherwood, V Versace

(2008), pp. 159-174, Water polution 2008, Alicante, Spain, E1

conference

Adsorption and desorption characteristics of fluoride in the calcareous and siliceous sand sheet aquifers of south-west Victoria, Australia

S Salzman, G Allinson, F Stagnitti, R Hill, L Thwaites, D Ierodiaconou, R Carr, J Sherwood, V Versace, D Prats Rico, others

(2008), pp. 159-174, Water pollution XI : Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Pollution: Modelling, Measuring, and Prediction, Alicante, Spain, E1-1

conference
2007

The relationship between native vegetation and in-stream salinity: an Australian case study

Vince Versace, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Frank Stagnitti, Andrew Hamilton, M Walter, Marc Leblanc

(2007), E1

conference

Population genetic structuring in Acanthopagrus butcheri (Pisces: Sparidae): does low gene flow among estuaries apply to both sexes?

C Burridge, V Versace

(2007), Vol. 9, pp. 33-44, Marine biotechnology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal
2006

Balancing environmental impacts and benefits of wastewater reuse

A Hamilton, V Versace, F Stagnitti, P Li, W Yin, P Maher, K Hermon, R Premier, D Ierodiaconou

(2006), Vol. 2, pp. 117-129, WSEAS transactions on environment and development, Athens, Greece, C1-1

journal

Near-surface distributions of soil water and water repellency under three effluent irrigation schemes in a blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantation

L Thwaites, G de Rooij, S Salzman, G Allinson, F Stagnitti, R Carr, V Versace, S Struck, T March

(2006), Vol. 86, pp. 212-219, Agricultural water management, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2005

Multivariate modelling of landuse on in-stream salinity over multiple spatial scales

V Versace, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Scott Salzman, Frank Stagnitti, M Leblanc, A Boland, Laurie Laurenson, T March, L Thwaites

(2005), pp. 299-309, Water resources management III, B1-1

chapter

Attending to risk in sequential sampling plans

A Hamilton, V Versace, G Hepworth, Frank Stagnitti, J Dawson, P Ridland, N Endersby, N Schellhorn, C Mansfield, P Rogers

(2005), pp. 11-20, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISK III., B1-1

chapter

Mapping land use in a large agricultural basin : a comparison between classification techniques

D Ierodiaconou, M Leblanc, L Laurenson, F Stagnitti, V Versace

(2005), Vol. 83, pp. 535-544, River basin management III, Southampton, Eng., B1

chapter

The consequences of land use change on nutrient exports: a regional scale assessment in south-west Victoria, Australia

D Ierodiaconou, L Laurenson, M Leblanc, F Stagnitti, G Duff, S Salzman, V Versace

(2005), Vol. 74, pp. 305-316, Journal of environmental management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Quantifying effects of soil heterogeneity on groundwater pollution at four sites in USA

Saskia Vuurens, Frank Stagnitti, Gerrit de Rooij, Jan Boll, Ling Li, Marc LeBlanc, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Vince Versace, Scott Salzman

(2005), Vol. 48, pp. 118-127, Science in China series c: life sciences, C1-1

journal
2004

Terrain characteristics influencing aquifer salinisation of the Glenelg-Hopkins CMA region, using GIS

H Lawson, M Leblanc, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Frank Stagnitti, L Harris, T March, V Versace, P Van Oevelen, M Bowman, others

(2004), E1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Integrating data with GIS and satellite methodologies for sustainable dryland salinity management

Prof Frank Stagnitti, A/Prof Vincent Versace

LWA Fellowship - Travel - Land and Water Australia

  • 2006: $2,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Warrnambool-Corangamite Land Suitability Decision Framework

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Anne Wallis, A/Prof Kevin O'Toole, A/Prof Helen Scarborough, Prof Frank Stagnitti, A/Prof Vincent Versace

  • 2013: $14,698
  • 2012: $43,636
  • 2011: $86,363
  • 2009: $70,000

Preliminary Stock Assessment and Population Genetic Structure of Pipis

A/Prof Vincent Versace

  • 2010: $4,950

Support for Research on Genetic Variability in Donax Deltoides

A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Adam Miller, Dr Ty Matthews, Miss k Bowie

  • 2011: $10,000

An investigation into the life cycle of the Sicilian sea lavender (Limonium hyblaeum) on the salt marsh communities of south west Victoria

A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Maria Gibson, Dr Jacquomo Monk, Mr T Rodrigo

  • 2012: $400
  • 2011: $1,600

Diabetes Health Check Risk Assessment, Screening and Referral

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi

  • 2017: $328,676

Let¿s have a yarn about chronic disease: a collaborative multi-disciplinary participatory action research approach to addressing Aboriginal health in South West Victoria

A/Prof Vincent Versace, Mrs Hannah Beks, Ms Kerry Hudson, Mr John Bell, Ms Tamika Amos, Ms Candice Mckenzie, Prof Peter Harvey, A/Prof Barry Morphett, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Michael Johnstone, Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Constance Kourbelis, Ms Barbara Allen

  • 2018: $17,072

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2011

Jacquomo Monk

Thesis entitled: Understanding Fish-habitat Associations using Video Observations and Sonar Imaging

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences