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Laboratories carry out your empire's scientific research and development programs.

  • Constructing additional laboratories increases science power (which reduces the time it takes to research items in the technology tree)
  • Before laboratories can be built the relevant technology needs to be researched
  • The greater the Civilisations Science power the faster new ship design blueprints will be drafted.


  Laboratory lvl 1.png Laboratory 2.png Laboratory lvl 3.png
Level 1 2 3
Upgradable Yes Yes No
Research to unlock Laboratory Research 1.png Science Practice Laboratory Research 2.png Scientific Methods Laboratory Research 3.png Global Science Program
Civilization specific names
Mankind Laboratory Laboratory Improved Laboratory Research Center
People's Realm Planning Center Planning Center Improved Planning Center Research Center
Ripchee Forest of Minds Forest of Minds Improved Forest of Minds Research Center
Syntis TB05 - Research Booster TB05I - Research Booster TB05RC - Research Booster


Level 1, 2 and 3 laboratories each need to be unlocked separately by researching the relevant technology (see 'Research to unlock' in the table above).

Constructing and upgrading

  • Level 1 laboratories can be constructed directly
  • Level 2 laboratories can be built only by upgrading a level 1 laboratory
  • Level 3 laboratories can be built only by upgrading a level 2 laboratory

Stats & Upgrade Costs

CivNameLevelUpgradeScience PowerPersonnelDesirabilityPCBeLiZiCreditsBuild
MankindLaboratory1Laboratory Improved125,00001005,0001,0001,0001,0003,600
MankindLaboratory Improved2Laboratory Research Center225,00001005,0003,0003,0005,00018,000
MankindLaboratory Research Center3-325,00001005,0009,0009,00025,00045,000
People's RealmPlanning Center1Planning Center Improved125,00001005,0001,0001,0001,0003,600
People's RealmPlanning Center Improved2Planning Center Research Center225,00001005,0003,0003,0005,00018,000
People's RealmPlanning Center Research Center3-325,00001005,0009,0009,00025,00045,000
RipcheeForest of Minds1Forest of Minds Improved125,00001005,0001,0001,0001,0003,600
RipcheeForest of Minds Improved2Forest of Minds Research Center225,00001005,0003,0003,0005,00018,000
RipcheeForest of Minds Research Center3-325,00001005,0009,0009,00025,00045,000
SyntisTB05 - Research Booster1TB05I - Research Booster125,00001005,0001,0001,0001,0003,600
SyntisTB05I - Research Booster2TB05RC - Research Booster225,00002005,0003,0003,0005,00018,000
SyntisTB05RC - Research Booster3-325,00004005,0009,0009,00025,00045,000


  • Level: the tech-level
  • Upgrade: whether the laboratory can be upgraded
  • Science Power: the contribution per laboratory to an empire's overall science power
  • Personnel: number of colonists required to operate (contributes to employment)
  • Desirability: effect on colony happiness
  • PC (Power Consumption MWt): amount of colony power required
  • Be (Beron): cost in beron
  • Credits: cost in credits
  • Build: build time in seconds