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Please note that some areas will be closed from 5 September – 25 October (inclusive) as we get ready for the launch of the new Space Zone (opens 26 October). Prices have been reduced to reflect this.

The 4D Motion Ride has been a firm favourite for visitors of all ages since Life Science Centre opened nearly 20 years ago. However, as the science centre continues to grow and evolve, it is time to retire this popular attraction to make space for something new – so make sure you visit by 25 October 2019 if you want to enjoy one final thrilling ride! Life would like to hear from visitors what they’d like to see replace the 4D Motion Ride, so please send your ideas to Also, don’t forget to check out the science centre’s newest exhibition Space Zone from 26 October 2019 to explore the wonders of the Universe and discover how space exploration impacts our everyday lives.

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About Life

Welcome to Life

​The International Centre for Life is a science village in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. It incorporates Life Science Centre, which is an award-winning visitor attraction and educational facility; research facilities housing young and established biotechnology companies and an internationally-renowned institute belonging to Newcastle University; and two National Health Service (NHS) clinics delivering cutting-edge fertility and regenerative medicine therapies.

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Please explore the tabs below to find out more about our unique science village. Want to stay abreast of what is happening across the site? You can read past issues and subscribe to the e-newsletter, Latest from Life. 

We aspire to enrich lives through science.

Our mission is to inspire everyone in North East England to explore and enjoy science and to discover its relevance to their own lives.

Everything we do is rooted in the following values:

  • Welcoming and inclusive: our team, our customers and our communities are diverse and we celebrate that! We want everyone to feel comfortable, respected and valued.
  • Aiming for the sky, not the ceiling: our customers and staff deserve the very best and we goover-and-above to exceed their expectations.
  • Honest: we are trustworthy, unbiased and behave fairly, ethically and responsibly at all times.
  • Curious: we encourage everyone to question everything and explore science and technology through hands-on experiences and individual discovery.
  • Entrepreneurial: we’re not scared to push boundaries and try bold, unusual and edgy ways to achieve our ambitions.
  • Partnerships: Life is built on partnerships and we will continue to seek out those who share our passion and values for amazing collaborations.
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​Did you know: Life is a charity. We do not receive financial support from local or central government.
A hub for budding scientists
Newcastle University chose the International Centre for Life for the location of its Institute of Genetic Medicine. Recognising the benefits of running clinics outside of a hospital environment, the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre followed shortly after. A second NHS clinic is also situated on-site, the NHS Northern Genetics Service, which is part of the Institute of Genetic Medicine.
Research and clinical highlights:

  • Researchers at Newcastle University were at the forefront of developing groundbreaking research to prevent mothers from passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children. In early 2017, the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre became the first clinic in the world to be granted a licence to treat patients using mitochondrial replacement therapy.

  • The NHS Northern Genetics Service hosts The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, which is recognised as a leading site for international patient studies and clinical trials.

  • A stem cell therapy developed at the Institute of Genetic Medicine has restored the eyesight of people with Limbal stem cell deficiency – a condition that has various causes, including burns to the eye, contact lens-related eye disease and hereditary diseases.
How research at Life is enriching lives >
​Did you know: Life is a charity. We do not receive financial support from local or central government.
The International Centre for Life is a charity, built on an entrepreneurial business model which ensures that all of the income needed to cover operating costs is self-generated.

Only 25% of operating revenue comes from mission-related activities, such as admission tickets to Life Science Centre. The remainder comes from a range of income generators, including the rental of property: laboratories; clinics; offices; an outdoor space that is let for popular events, such as concerts and product launches; and, adding some extra piquancy to the mix, commercial property that is now home to the area’s most popular nightclub and three bars.

Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust play an integral role in the mission of the International Centre for Life. As such, they are not charged a commercial property rental rate for the spaces that they occupy on-site.

Additional income is generated from a venue-hire business (Life Meetings and Events), a multi-storey car park, two cafés, a gift shop and an outdoor ice rink that operates during the winter months.

Partners and supporters

Life has forged many mutually beneficial relationships with individuals, organisations, businesses and networks. We are proud to be associated with our partners and supporters. If you would like to be part of this network, please get in touch.

Meet our partners and supporters
Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here: researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business.

Click the button below to find out more about Life’s Senior Management team and its Board of Trustees.

Each member of the Board contributes their time and expertise to help ensure the wellbeing and future of the organisation and oversee that all of the activity on-site supports its charitable mission. Take a look at the 2018 Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for further information.
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Sustainability Policy

At Life, we take sustainability very seriously. We are committed to:
  • using resources and facilities responsibly to ensure the long-term health of Life and our communities;
  • carrying out business in ways that minimise negative effects on the environment;
  • identifying ways to improve social, financial and environmental sustainability. 
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Equality and Diversity Statement

Life is an educational charity which is fully committed to providing the highest standards of service to our customers and everyone we do business with.

Read our Equality and Diversity Statement >

Privacy Policy

We are committed to respecting the privacy rights of customers, staff, suppliers and partners.

Our privacy policy explains how, and on what legal basis, we collect, store, and use personal information about you.

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