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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 Science

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

Conference on Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry: transforming liabilities into possibilities

Some 600 participants from 94 countries gathered online today for the start of the IAEA’s International Conference on Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry. The two-week event is the IAEA’s first international...

World Food Day 2020: IAEA & FAO’s Joint Work Benefits Farmers and Increases Food Security Worldwide

In 2020, more than 80 developing countries from all over the world have received support from the IAEA in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in improving food security and agricultural development...

Building Robust, Sustainable, Resilient Nuclear Safety and Security Infrastructure: African Countries Collaborate

Enhancing collaboration both within and between countries in Africa in nuclear safety and security is key to strong, sustainable regulation on the continent, agreed speakers at the meeting of regulators from 33 African countries in a virtual...

Rosatom Technical Academy Becomes First IAEA Collaborating Centre in Three Programmatic Areas

Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) has become the first IAEA Collaborating Centre to extend its work with the IAEA into three different programmatic areas: nuclear sciences and applications, nuclear security and nuclear energy.

In Seychelles, Nuclear Science Helps Safeguard Consumers

The 100,000 inhabitants of Seychelles, a 115-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, can now better trust the food products they buy thanks to the use of nuclear-based techniques.

Now Available: New IAEA Safety Guides on Radiation Safety in Well Logging and Radioisotope Production

Guidance and recommendations for radiation protection and safety in well logging – the study of geological formations penetrated via a borehole – and accelerator-based radioisotope production are addressed in two recently published IAEA safety...

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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