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Support groundbreaking research at Life

The International Centre for Life (Life) is a science village that is part of the fabric of Newcastle upon Tyne and a valued resource to the region. The groundbreaking research and patient therapies that take place here have led to international recognition.

From the thousands of babies born with the help of fertility treatment received onsite, to the patients with debilitating diseases who have benefitted from research and clinical treatments, Life has made a difference to so many. There is nowhere quite like it in the world – a place where researchers, clinicians, science communicators and educators work side-by-side on one site, sharing expertise and ideas and creating a unique circle of science.
 The charity Life Science Centre is at the heart of this circle. Welcoming about 300,000 visitors a year, its purpose is to help people of all ages, from all communities, explore science and to discover its relevance to their own lives and to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. This purpose has never been more crucial than it is today. 

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on us. Please support us so that we can continue to make a difference. See below for ways you can support us.

Our purpose

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

​Registered charity number 1059607.

We are one team and everything we do is rooted in the following values: 

  • Welcoming: our team, our customers and our communities are diverse and we celebrate that! We want everyone to feel comfortable, respected and valued. 
  • Exceptional: our customers and staff deserve the best and we go over-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 andedgy ways to achieve our ambitions.
  • Collaborative: we will continue to partner those who share our passion and values.
“It’s great to be back in my native city of Newcastle. Life Science Centre is a jewel in the region’s crown – a place that fosters creativity, increases scientific literacy and inspires future scientists.”
– Nobel Prize laureate Professor Peter Higgs
Every gift, large or small, made directly to our Big Give page will help us to achieve our charitable aims. If you're a UK tax payer, don't forget to check the Gift Aid box so we can claim back the tax on your donation.

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Shop using this link, pick International Centre for Life as your chosen charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Life!

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Our admission prices include a small voluntary donation which means that if you’re a UK taxpayer, we can claim back the tax on the price of your whole ticket. That’s an extra 25p in every £1, at no cost to you!

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Your Science Centre ticket gives you access to ALL of the daytime activities inside Life Science Centre - and helps to supports some of the brilliant work being done on site!

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Life is a charity and by being a member you’re helping to support the important work we do. With annual membership, you can spend entire days here or just drop in for half an hour on a wet afternoon. We'll be refreshing our annual membership programme in April 2022. 

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Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Life with easyfundraising? There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

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Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise that can turn your old car into cash for any UK charity. We arrange free collection, then either sell your car at auction or scrap it with the proceeds (minus our service fees) raised going to your charity.

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We aspire to enrich lives through science
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Due to the government imposed lockdown, Life Science Centre is currently closed. Choose a date

Our standard ticket price includes a donation of at least 10%. As a charity we rely on the support of our visitors more than ever in these challenging times.

If you are happy to pay this donation and say ‘yes to Gift Aid’ when prompted, we can claim money from the UK government’s Gift Aid scheme.

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