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Due to the government imposed lockdown, Life Science Centre, Life Meetings and Events and Times Square Café are currently closed. The Life team will miss you! We look forward to welcoming you again soon. In the meantime, stay safe. For any queries, email us:

The Science Speakeasy event scheduled for Tuesday 1 December has been cancelled. We're sorry for any disappointment. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date, so if you'd like to hear about that and future events for adults at Life, sign up to our adult events mailing list:

Life Science Centre will not be running its outdoor ice rink this year due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Read the full statement >

Due to the Government-imposed lockdown, Life Science Centre is currently closed.

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Life's 20th birthday! (25 - 31 May 2020)

Life turns 20 this week (25 - 31 May 2020), so we've got a special programme of birthday-themed activities planned on #LifeGoesONline.

We'll upload Birthday Week videos and demos here as and when they are posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Post videos of your family taking part in #LifeGoesONline on social media and we'll share the best with our ever-growing digital community. We especially want to see your low-key lockdown birthday celebrations and your favourite memories from 20 years of Life!

As Life celebrates its 20th birthday, we look back on 20 moments of Life, from the official opening by the Queen on 27 May 2000, to Britain's first astronaut Helen Sharman launching the new Space Zone this January – with more than a few fun and colourful moments in between!


What are your favourite memories from the first 20 years of Life? We'd love to see memories from past exhibitions, anyone who's been inspired by a visit, people who've worked onsite or benefitted from onsite NHS treatment. Share your memories on social media with the hashtag #LifeGoesONline





Invent your own birthday cocktail

There's a science to making the perfect cocktail - its all about balance!

We challenge you to create a birthday cocktail, using ingredients you can find at home.

Share your cocktail creations with us on social media @scienceatlife

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Life celebrates 20th anniversary during English Tourism Week

Press release

The International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, celebrates its 20th anniversary on 27 May 2020 with a week of virtual events and activities.

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Send a waterfall birthday card
Do you know somebody celebrating a low-key birthday in lockdown? Show them you care with a homemade card with a science twist! 

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Party tricks for a lockdown birthday
Because we can't celebrate our 20th birthday in style in the science centre, we're bringing the party to you! Check out our awesome party tricks you can try yourself to wow your family an friends.

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20 years of genetics
Professor Sir John Burn was part of the team that created Life in 2000. Here, he talks about how our understanding of genetics has changed since then, and how research at Life is pioneering new ways to understand infectious diseases.

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Find out more about #LifeGoesOnline #LifeGoesOnline

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