All Life Is There in Unique Science Village Setting

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All Life Is There in Unique Science Village Setting


The Centre for Life is a unique science village in the heart of Newcastle, fostering advancements in the life sciences.

It was founded in 1996 and is an independent, not-for-profit, educational institution collaborating with a range of academic and medical partners, situated on a 10-acre site.

The Centre is administered by a charitable trust working in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, and the City of Newcastle.

The Centre's mission is to provide a single, focused and dynamic regional initiative to promote international research into genetics, to nurture spin-outs and small companies in bioscience, and to help people in the 21st Century explore contemporary science, including genetics, in a way that is relevant to their lives.

The Centre consists of a wide range of organisations whose activities include research, technology transfer, conferences, health, education, entertainment and ethics.

There are currently more than 500 people employed in the organisations working in the village, which include:

* Life Science Centre ( This includes an exhibition which explores the origins of life, DNA and the human body in a fun, educationally provocative and entertaining way, and Lifelab, a unique state-of-the-art education resource centre providing laboratories with hands-on workshops for students of all ages in line with the National Curriculum requirements.

* Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute (PEALS) ( A partnership between the Universities of Newcastle and Durham and the Centre for Life, PEALS' mission is to research, inform and improve policy-making, professional practice and public participation in the debates around social, ethical and legal aspects of the life sciences. …

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