Nuclear Research Reactors

Recent Research

Map of simplified bedrock geology of Jamaica

Cadmium Isotopic Composition Indicates Multiple Geological...

Large areas (>500 km2) of Jamaica are uniquely characterized by soils...

January 31, 2018

Determination of CO2 Emissions from Agricultural Soils...

Soil organic matter (SOM) contains more carbon than...

January 30, 2018

The Dietary Intake of Minerals and Trace Elements from...

Jamaica, a net exporter of coffee, has in recent years seen the importation of...

December 19, 2017

Who We Are?

I.C.E.N.SInternational Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences

20171215_111533.jpgICENS is a complex of multi-disciplinary research laboratories founded in 1984 on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica and covers a diverse range of the geochemical, environmental and nuclear sciences. In 1984 it brought into operation a small Slowpoke-II research reactor provided by the European Economic Community (now the European Union). Located in a pleasant green area of 2.64 km2 (653 acres) situated at the foot of the spectacular Blue Mountains about 20 km from the Norman Manley International Airport, ICENS occupies an attractive, modern and purpose-built air-conditioned building of 950 sq. m. area. 

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Neutron Activation Laboratory

Nuclear Analytical LAB

ICENS operates two very powerful complementary nuclear techniques, Neutron... Read More

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Atomic Spectroscopy and Wet Chemistry Lab

Samples in solution are analysed in this laboratory and as such, solids must either be extracted or dissolved, as appropriate.  The typically... Read More

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Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security

The Department of Radiation Safety and Nuclear Security, formally the TLD department, was conceived out of the need to monitor ICENS personnel... Read More

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Latest News

Iran says temporary shutdown of Bushehr NPP due to technical problem in electrical generator

The IAEA was informed by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) that updated information regarding the technical problem at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is available in Farsi on the AEOI website [

Call for Papers: IAEA Net Zero Challenge

The deadline to submit papers for the IAEA Net Zero Challenge is 16 August 2021.

IAEA Mission Commends Decommissioning and Waste Management Programme of Japan’s JAEA, Sees Areas for Further Enhancement

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded that the 70-year decommissioning programme of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), including long term management of residual waste, provides a good basis for future...

IAEA Aware of Iran Announcement Regarding Bushehr NPP, In Contact with Counterpart in Tehran

The IAEA is aware of the announcement by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) that the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant was temporarily shut down due to a technical problem.

IAEA Nuclear Verification Continued During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Safeguards Statement 2020

"Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency performed all of its most time-critical in-field nuclear verification work," said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

Promoting Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management: 20 Years of the Joint Convention

There are many practical and peaceful applications of nuclear energy, and these processes yield by-products that need to be managed safely.

Recent Projects

The Jamaican SLOWPOKE

The Jamaican SLOWPOKE HEU-LEU Core Conversion

The 2014–2015 academic year was a pivotal year for ICENS, after 31 years of...

May 1, 2018

Coordinated Research Project (CRP): Options and...

Coordinated Research Project (CRP): Options and Technologies for Managing...

May 1, 2018
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