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

Test and Learn: IAEA Conducts Pilot Virtual School on Nuclear and Radiological Leadership for Safety

The links between an organization’s safety culture, leadership and decision-making, as well as the role of the IAEA safety standards in providing a robust framework to ensure high level of nuclear safety were among the key topics covered during a...

With Just 100 Days Before Climate Conference, IAEA Highlights Nuclear’s Contribution to Mitigation and Adaptation

With less than 100 days until the COP26 global climate summit, the IAEA is finalizing its preparations for the event. During this conference, to be held from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow, UK, the IAEA will showcase how nuclear...

China Begins Construction of its First Underground Research Laboratory for High Level Waste Disposal

China has begun constructing its first underground research laboratory in the Gobi Desert, to determine the area’s suitability for future geological disposal of high level radioactive waste (HLW), including spent nuclear fuel, generated in China'...

Harmonizing Guidance to Assess Radioactivity in Food and Drinking Water

Proposals to harmonize guidance on radioactivity in food and drinking water in non-emergency situations have reached a milestone with the development of a document based on international consensus on the topic. The draft of this document was...

Strengthening the Capacity of Women in Nuclear Security Worldwide: An IAEA Webinar

Much progress in nuclear and many groundbreaking discoveries are thanks to the contribution of women scientists — yet to this day, women remain underrepresented in many areas of nuclear science, including nuclear security. A new initiative from...

IAEA Director General, Brazilian Ministers Discuss “Rich Agenda” of Cooperation

In the last part of his visit to Brazil, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi held meetings today with Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto Franco França and other high-level officials in the capital Brasilia.

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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