2016 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 60.98 206
2 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.30 241
3 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 54.12 178
4 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 45.49 167
5 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 44.46 175
6 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 44.32 215
7 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 41.66 223
8 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 33.42 243
9 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 32.72 97
10 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 32.02 225
11 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 31.93 167
12 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 30.37 166
13 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 29.68 64
14 University of Stuttgart, Germany 28.45 73
15 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 28.15 135
16 University of Göttingen, Germany 23.66 143
17 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 22.62 55
18 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 19.78 62
19 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 19.49 64
20 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 18.25 47
21 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 17.61 58
22 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 17.23 78
23 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 16.72 115
24 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 15.91 70
25 University of Konstanz, Germany 15.86 30
26 University of Siegen, Germany 15.54 103
27 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 14.71 63
28 Ulm University, Germany 14.69 47
29 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 14.67 32
30 University of Augsburg, Germany 12.09 33
31 Leipzig University, Germany 11.77 27
32 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 11.27 48
33 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 11.10 23
34 TU Dortmund University, Germany 11.02 151
35 Bielefeld University, Germany 10.82 26
36 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 10.52 28
37 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 9.99 22
38 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 9.87 27
39 Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau), Germany 8.43 14
40 University of Potsdam, Germany 8.02 28
41 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 7.82 19
42 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 7.77 25
43 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 7.67 29
44 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 7.51 21
45 University of Rostock, Germany 7.36 64
46 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 6.86 112
47 University of Wuppertal, Germany 6.72 97
48 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 6.58 33
49 University of Paderborn (UPB), Germany 5.87 17
50 University of Kassel, Germany 5.72 13
51 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 5.05 12
52 University of Oldenburg, Germany 4.64 16
53 University of Greifswald, Germany 4.42 11
54 Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany 4.02 23
55 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 3.06 7
56 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 2.64 6
57 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 1.89 4
58 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 1.46 5
59 Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU), Germany 0.71 24
60 Clausthal University of Technology (TU Clausthal), Germany 0.42 3
61 Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Germany 0.40 1
62 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 0.38 2
63 University of Lübeck, Germany 0.33 2
64 Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.29 1
65 Aalen University, Germany 0.20 1
66 RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.17 1
67 Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Science, Germany 0.15 1
68 Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (HfTL), Germany 0.14 1
69 Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.09 2
70 Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.08 1
71 Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBwM), Germany 0.04 1
72 Friedrich-Koenig-Gymnasium (FKG), Germany 0.03 1
73 University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics (HTW Berlin), Germany 0.03 1
74 University of Applied Sciences Worms, Germany 0.01 13

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