The science centre will be closed on Monday 31 January. We are back open 7 days from 1 February.
Until 30 January, the planetarium will be closed to the public as it has an exciting upgrade.
On 1 February, the upper floor of the science centre including Play Zone will be closed to the public.
For your safety, comfort, and enjoyment, our Covid-19 measures remain in place. Full details can be found here.
Customers who subscribe to our what's on enews can enjoy a 10% discount off their science centre visit.
Upon subscribing, a discount code will be emailed to the customer and can be applied to online bookings only. This offer applies to new subscribers only and connot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
Life opened in May 2000, with the purpose of inspiring everyone in North East England to explore and enjoy science and to discover its relevance to their own lives.
In the past two decades, Life has welcomed an average of 300,000 people a year to its science centre: families, adults and school groups. Groundbreaking research into regenerative medicine and genetics has taken place onsite and made international headlines, and hundreds of thousands of people have benefitted from the NHS clinics at Life.
A lot has changed in that time. When Life opened, many people were nervous about genetics research and the concept of IVF babies. Life is proud to have been a pioneer in both fields.
It’s never been more important to inspire people to explore the big issues facing humanity and how science and technology can help us to tackle them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2020 Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for further information.