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The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Tuesday 20 February and Friday 23 February. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

The lift from the ground floor to the Young Explorers' Zone is currently out of order. Alternative access is possible via a ramp. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We're working to fix it as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

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Annual Passes are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre prices until 15 April 2018:


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Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

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Trustees and Senior Management

The International Centre for Life is governed by a Board of Trustees who contribute their time and expertise to help ensure that Life fulfills its mission. Take a look at the 2017 Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for further information. ​

Alastair Balls CB DL, Chair

“Life is unique in that it’s home to world-class scientific research, an award winning Science Centre, a host of small business spin-outs and  a meetings and events centre that hosts major political and scientific conferences. I am immensely proud to be associated with what it has achieved, what it continues to achieve and what it will achieve in the future.”


Professor Patrick Hussey

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science, Durham University

​“I have always been keen on the philosophy of Life and the enthusiasm of its staff for the promotion of science to children and adults, often in the family context.”

Cllr. Stella Postlethwaite

Labour Councillor, North Jesmond, Newcastle

​“Children and young people play, create and experiment at Life and their enjoyment of science is wonderful to see.”

Dr Steven Gater

Retired headteacher and science teacher

​“Life is an amazing place to learn about yourself and the world around you with science. It is always buzzing with activity, bringing together and thrilling people of all ages.”

Clive Cookson

Science Editor, Financial Times

​“As a science journalist, I really appreciate the brilliant work that Life does to engage the public in all fields of science – everything from astronomy to zoology.”

Professor Joris Veltman

Director, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University

“I look forward to contributing my skills and working with Life to inspire children and young adults to choose a career in STEM.”

Professor Richard Davies

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Internationalisation, Newcastle University

​“I believe that good communication of science is fundamental to the world that we live in.”

Andrew Hodgson OBE

Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

​“Science, technology, engineering and maths provide enormous potential for jobs generation in the North East. It’s vital then to ignite an interest in STEM in the region’s young people  - and Life does this brilliantly.”

Lucy Winskell OBE DL

​Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Employability and Partnerships, Northumbria University

​“Life is a fabulous asset for the region and, speaking
as a non-scientist, I
appreciate that its 
​exhibitions and events
make me look at the world differently.”

Professor Roy Sandbach OBE

Director of the National Centre for Ageing Science & Innovation, Newcastle University

“Science is the story of our world and our Universe; Life tells us that story brilliantly, every day.”

Fiona Cruickshank OBE

Angel investor and non-executive director, pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses

​“I have always valued the importance of engaging children in science. Life creates an opportunity to sustain that spark of interest with a varied and constantly changing programme.”

Patron: Dr James Watson

Dr Watson is a Nobel Prize winner and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. Among his many achievements, he helped  establish the Human Genome Project. He is the author of many science books including Molecular Biology of the Gene and the bestselling The Double Helix.

Honorary President: The Right Honourable Viscount Ridley

Matt Ridley is a distinguished author and science journalist. His books, including The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything, have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His TED talk When Ideas Have Sex has been viewed more than two million times. He writes a weekly column in The Times (London) and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal.

Honorary Vice-President: Professor Ian Fells CBE

Professor Fells is Emeritus Professor of Energy Conversion at Newcastle University and former Chairman of New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) in Blyth, UK. He has published over 200 papers on a varied range of topics including rocket combustion and energy economics.

Did you know Life is a charity? We receive no public funding.
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​Senior Management Team

Linda Conlon MBE, Chief Executive
Linda’s background is in marketing and prior to joining the science centre world she worked in regional development and urban regeneration. She was one of the original team who helped transform a once derelict area of Newcastle into the vibrant science village of Life. She’s now one of the most respected figures in the international  science centre community, travelling all over the world to give lectures and advise other bodies on setting up science centres. She has contributed to many boards and external organisations, one of the most significant being the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC) – the US-based professional body that represents more than 600 science centres from over 50 countries. That’s quite an accolade for a Newcastle-based business leader with no science background! In 2016, Linda was awarded an MBE for her outstanding service to science and science education in North East England.

Claire Adams, Property and Corporate Services Director

With a legal career in the public and private sector – latterly specialising in commercial land matters and regeneration – Claire is the director responsible for the Centre’s diverse property portfolio, its income generation and its upkeep (no mean task!) and for keeping our tenants happy.  Property provides vital income for the Centre, as it receives no funding from local or central government – we follow the motto ‘there’s no mission without the margin’.  Claire’s responsibilities also include corporate governance matters and human resources.  In effect, Claire is the person who does the regulatory stuff as well as the hiring and (hopefully not very often) the firing, too.

Liz Dean, Trading and Operations Director

Being in charge of trading and operations means that every day is different. Trading covers all commercial activities, including the ice rink, concerts in Times Square and weddings. Commercial activities provide further income for the Centre to help achieve its charitable mission.  Operations covers the day-to-day running of the Centre, ensuring we're open on time, everything is working, toilets are clean, staff are ready to rock. Liz is also in charge of health and safety site-wide. Because of the nature of the role, with many fingers in lots of different pies, Liz works closely with her fellow Directors.

Julia Hankin, Marketing and Communications Director

Whether it's marketing dinosaurs, exhibitions of dead bodies or robots, or organising visits by astronauts, Nobel Prize-winning scientists or prime ministers, Julia has the T-shirt(s).  She's responsible for all areas of marketing and communications for Life including the Science Centre, the wider public engagement and schools programmes, plus the promotion of commercial activities including Life Meetings and Events. She’s also tasked with raising awareness of the wider on-site activities and, given the range and breadth of activities, that’s a challenge. Julia has extensive marketing experience in education, industry and tourism and spent 14 years with the BBC as a radio presenter.

Kate Little, Finance Director

Kate looks after all aspects of the financial health of the Trust and its subsidiary commercial company. From overseeing the day-to-day finances, to planning investment strategy, meeting statutory reporting and filing obligations, ensuring adequate insurance cover, tax planning and cash flow – there’s not much that Kate can’t achieve when armed with a calculator and a spreadsheet! Kate spent many years in practice (as a partner in two local practices, Rainbow Gillespie and Haines Watts North East) before moving into the not-for-profit sector in 2010. Kate has a degree in biotechnology, making her career move to Life a "coming-full-circle" story.

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