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 Director General Reviews Use of Nuclear Technologies in Georgia

IAEA Director General met President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia this week, following the country's deposit, on 10 April, of its Instrument of Accession to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-director-general-reviews-use-of-nuclear-technologies-in-georgia

Call for Presentations: International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material due 30 April 2018

Interested parties have until 30 April 2018 to submit synopses for oral, interactive content or poster presentations at the International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection, to be held... https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/call-for-presentations-international-conference-on-the-security-of-radioactive-material-due-30-april-2018

Thai Scientists Use Stable Isotopes to Improve Food Labelling and Nutrition Programmes

Thai consumers will soon have access to more precise nutrition labelling on food products and recommendations on nutrient intake, thanks in part to scientific data collected using stable isotope techniques.


Preparing the Bonn Call-for-Action Toolkit: Strengthening Radiation Protection in Medicine

The creation of an online IAEA toolkit to strengthen radiation protection in medicine is nearing completion, with participants in a recent technical meeting agreeing on final details...


Michael Watts elected SEGH President

Congratulations to Dr Michael Watts who was recently elected to the post of President of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Michael has been involved in the SEGH for nearly 15 years as a member of the European board and active... http://segh.net/articles/michael_watts_elected_segh_president/

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