ICENS was established in 1984 by the Government of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies (UWI). The Centre is affiliated to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), and the University of the West Indies (Mona). It is a multi-disciplinary research centre working on the applications of the ‘Peaceful Uses of the Atom’.
The focus areas of ICENS are Environmental Geochemistry; Agriculture; Heavy Metal Pollution in Jamaica; Mineral Composition of Food; Trace Elements in Animal/Human Tissue; Biogeochemical Cycles; Health; and Forensics.
ICENS has a range of modern laboratories working on several aspects of the Geochemical and Nuclear Sciences. The Centre is equipped with the following analytical and support facilities: Nuclear Laboratory; Solutions Analysis Laboratory; Sample Preparation; Information Systems; and Thermoluminescence Dosimetry (TLD).
ICENS has expertise in: Elemental Analysis specializing in Trace Metals; Blood Lead Analyses; Radiation Monitoring; Personal Dosimetry; Mineral Exploration; and Consultations related to Trace Metals and their effects. ICENS has the SLOWPOKE-2 Reactor, which is the only nuclear reactor in the English-speaking Caribbean. The reactor is being used for Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis.
ICENS is looking for research collaborations in the fields of Geochemical Baselines; Relationship between the Geochemistry of the Natural Environment and Health; Agriculture and Food Security; Global Environmental Change; Spatial Geoscience; Water-resource Management; and Peaceful Applications of the Atom.