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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

IAEA Holds First Course on Preparedness and Response to a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Combined with Other Emergencies

Imagine a nuclear emergency triggered by  another emergency, such as a natural disaster like an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or tsunami. Or, imagine a tropical cyclone, hurricane or civil disturbance leading to a radiological emergency.

Call for Papers for the IAEA International Conference on Radiation Safety due 15 March

Those interested have until 15 March to submit extended abstracts for oral presentations or posters for the International Conference on Radiation Safety, to be held in Vienna from 9 to 13 November 2020.

IAEA Mission Sees Strengthened Safety Inspections in Japan, Encourages Further Enhancement of Regulatory Oversight

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts today said Japan had strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety.

Enhancing Nuclear Safety: Technical Safety Review Service Streamlined

Recently published guidelines for the Technical Safety Review (TSR), an IAEA peer review service, aim to streamline, harmonize and formalize the process of conducting the service, which provides an independent evaluation of safety assessment and...

Call for Papers: Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry

Interested contributors have until 28 February 2020 to submit abstracts for the International Conference on the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Industry, to be held in Vienna, 19-23 October 2020.

The Journeys of the Two Shipments of Low-Enriched Uranium to the IAEA LEU Bank

On 10 December 2019 the IAEA accepted its second and final delivery of a shipment of low-enriched uranium (LEU) at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

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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