2016 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - academic

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 86.99 222
2 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 17.79 68
3 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 13.39 33
4 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 10.87 44
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 6.10 16
6 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 6.01 19
7 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 5.63 23
8 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 2.16 6
9 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 2.15 7
10 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 1.05 2
11 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.38 2
12 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.23 2
13 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.20 1
14 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.13 1
15 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.06 2
16 Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), Switzerland 0.06 1
17 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.05 1
17 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 0.05 1


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