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International Centre for Life turns 15

A panoramic view of Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

"It's fifteen years since the International Centre for Life opened its doors – and a lot has happened since then." In Life's yearly review, Chief Executive Linda Conlon looks back on 15 successful years - and forward into the future: "What unites us is a passion for science, for helping people to lead better, healthier lives and to understand the fast moving science and technology that drives so much of our world today. I really believe that Life is unique. It is the only place in the world which brings together researchers, clinicians, business people and educationalists on a single site. Life’s aim is to ignite and nurture a curiosity in everyone for science, technology, engineering and maths and encourage the next generation of STEM professionals."

Highlights from the past 12 months include news of the 100,000 Genomes piloting project; unprecedented visitor numbers driven by the world-renowned BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition; the opening of e new "Experiment Zone"; and a record year for Life's Education department.


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International Centre for Life

Science in the 21st century is proving to be fast moving, potentially life-enhancing and certainly controversial. Life has grown out of a desire to deliver a science centre for the North East that is forward looking and seeks to offer these leading edge ideas in a form that is easily accessible to everyone.