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The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has promoted seven of its academics to Professor

Prof. Charles Grant

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has promoted seven of its academics to Professor  — the regional University’s highest academic rank. Among these academics is ICENS  Director General Prof. Charles Grant, FInstP.Nuclear Physicist, Professor Charles Grant is Director General of the InternationalCentre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) at The UWI, Mona Campus.Under his leadership, the Centre is growing as the hub of nuclear technology for the region and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world. He works tomainstream nuclear technology for regional and international sustainable developmental goals. One assessor highlights his research career as demonstrating“a willingness and ability to tackle problems that are interesting scientifically, important methodologically, and critical for the protection of human health.” Fittingly, his work has received over €6.8 million in funding including grants from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At the ICENS, Grant served as Project Manager and Technical Director for a core conversion project to replace weapon grade fuel with Low Enriched Uranium in Jamaica, Canada and the USA. The project was an international partnership with the

IAEA. He has also designed and implemented an inter-regional IAEA project with participation from 19 countries and one regional project across eight countries. In service to the region, Professor Grant has drafted several IAEA Country

Programme Frameworks (CPFs) outlining a road map to integrate nuclear techniques for developmental goals. He has also contributed to the Regional Strategic Profile (RSP) for English-speaking IAEA Member States. The IAEA has approved his proposal for the first multi-purpose Gamma Irradiation Facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. The facility will contribute to crop improvement and integrated vector management using gamma rays.

Professor Grant has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, three book chapters, 10 conference proceedings and numerous technical reports. He is a reviewer for four academic journals including Journal of Radio-analytical and Nuclear

Chemistry. Professor Grant is currently Chairman of the Hazardous Waste Laboratory Clean-up Ad Hoc Committee (HAWAC) and technical board member for the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in

Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL). He gained his BSc Physics (1990) an MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection (1992) from the University of Surrey and Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2019). In 2020, Professor Grant was named the recipient of The UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.

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