International Centre for Life science village

The International Centre for Life is home to some pioneering organisations who do groundbreaking scientific work. Almost 600 people from 35 countries work here: researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business.


Research undertaken at Life has led to spectacular results and global headlines. For instance, scientists at Life produced the world’s first cloned human embryo and ground-breaking stem cell research has restored patients’ eyesight.

Life Science Centre is the public face of Life attracting over 250,000 visitors annually. We offer a changing programme of exciting exhibitions, events, workshops and theatre shows. Highlights include the 70 seater state-of-the-art planetarium, the region’s only 4D Motion Ride and interactive exhibits and activities for people of all ages and interests.

We believe that this is vitally important, for the people who will shape our future by working in STEM and for the rest of us living in this rapidly changing world. We love science and technology and want everyone else to embrace it and enjoy it.

People come to Life for many different reasons: to visit the Science Centre, to access clinical services, to attend conferences or to attend a concert in Times Square – whatever your reason to visit, you’re assured a warm welcome.

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Capacity of our rooms

  Theatre Cabaret Classroom Boardroom U-Shape Dinner
Scotswood Suite 380 180 160 100 100 240
Grainger Suite 180 96 70 60 60 120
Malborough Suite 140 64 60 60 60 100
Blaydon/Gibbs (combined) 45 24 25 24 20 40
Blaydon Suite 20 0 9 16 0 12
Gibbs Suite 20 0 9 16 0 12
Ridley Suite 20 0 0 15 0 12
McClintock Suite 45 24 24 24 20 30
Darwin Suite 80 48 36 36 30 60
Jenner Suite 20 0 0 12 0 12
Mezzanine 0 0 0 0 0 150