2016 tables: Institutions

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 377.17 902
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 228.57 576
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 118.90 528
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 116.30 367
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 91.58 278
6 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 71.83 336
7 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 63.25 378
8 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 48.57 136
9 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 46.46 155
10 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 45.66 106
11 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 45.23 217
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 31.98 92
13 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 28.66 78
14 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 18.65 68
15 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 7.25 22
16 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 4.97 61
17 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 4.88 15
18 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 4.25 14
19 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 4.00 26
20 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 3.61 8
21 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 2.54 4
22 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 2.33 6
23 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 1.95 13
24 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 1.86 28
25 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.73 5
26 Novimmune SA, Switzerland 1.71 2
27 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.71 32
28 Agroscope, Switzerland 1.61 10
29 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 1.20 2
30 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 1.15 7
31 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 1.15 4
32 MyCartis, Switzerland 0.89 1
33 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 0.83 4
34 Alpes Lasers SA, Switzerland 0.81 1
35 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.74 3
36 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 0.67 4
37 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.60 2
38 Clariant International Ltd., Switzerland 0.58 2
39 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.58 4
40 Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), Switzerland 0.55 2
41 Polyphor Ltd., Switzerland 0.50 1
41 GAMMA Remote Sensing and Consulting AG (GAMMA), Switzerland 0.50 1
41 Givaudan SA, Switzerland 0.50 1
42 Lonza Group Ltd., Switzerland 0.48 2
43 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.47 4
44 Evolva Holding SA, Switzerland 0.45 1
45 Histide AG, Switzerland 0.40 1
46 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.38 2
47 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.37 9
48 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.36 4
49 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.34 3
50 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.33 4
51 Aleva Neurotherapeutics SA, Switzerland 0.33 1
52 Neurimmune Holding AG, Switzerland 0.29 1
53 RUAG Holding AG, Switzerland 0.29 1
54 SR Technics Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.27 1
54 ActLight SA, Switzerland 0.27 1
55 Attolight AG, Switzerland 0.25 1
55 Anokion SA, Switzerland 0.25 1
55 Swisselectric, Switzerland 0.25 1
55 Bio API SA, Switzerland 0.25 1
56 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.23 2
57 Stadt Zürich Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartement (TED), Switzerland 0.20 1
57 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.20 1
57 SwissScientific SA, Switzerland 0.20 1
57 Bachema AG, Switzerland 0.20 1
57 Edel for Life, Switzerland 0.20 1
58 Philochem AG, Switzerland 0.20 2
59 TC Metrix Sàrl, Switzerland 0.19 1
60 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.19 1
61 Sefar AG, Switzerland 0.18 1
62 Keires AG, Switzerland 0.17 3
63 Sanitation Serivce, Switzerland 0.17 1
63 Geneva Department of Environment, Transport and Agriculture, Switzerland 0.17 1
63 HiQScreen, Switzerland 0.17 1
63 Cantonal Botanical Museum and Gardens (MJBC), Switzerland 0.17 1
64 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.16 3
65 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.15 2
66 Spectroswiss Sarl, Switzerland 0.14 1
66 FGen GmbH, Switzerland 0.14 1
66 Alphacare AG, Switzerland 0.14 1
66 SGS SA, Switzerland 0.14 1
66 IRsweep GmbH, Switzerland 0.14 1
67 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.13 2
68 Competence Center for Underwater Archaeology and Dendrochronology, STEZ, Switzerland 0.13 2
69 Marcolli Chemistry and Physics Consulting GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 1
69 DBS System, Ltd., Switzerland 0.13 1
69 Quantis Lausanne, Switzerland 0.13 1
70 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Switzerland 0.12 1
71 Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Höhlenforschung, Switzerland 0.11 1
72 Agroscope, Swiss National Stud Farm (SNSF), Switzerland 0.10 2
73 CovalX AG, Switzerland 0.10 1
73 Genedata AG, Switzerland 0.10 1
74 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.09 1
75 Service régional vaudois de transfusion sanguine, Switzerland 0.09 1
76 Dualsystems Biotech AG, Switzerland 0.08 1
77 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.08 7
78 ProcreaLab SA, Switzerland 0.08 1
78 Amal Therapeutics SA, Switzerland 0.08 1
79 ImmunoGenes AG, Switzerland 0.07 1
79 Technik Thermischer Maschinen (TTM), Switzerland 0.07 1
79 Omya International AG, Switzerland 0.07 1
80 Swiss Epilepsy Centre (EPI), Switzerland 0.06 2
81 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.06 2
82 Synthena AG, Switzerland 0.06 1
82 Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), Switzerland 0.06 1
83 AO Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Sulzer Ltd., Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Geo-Energie Suisse AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
84 BKW Energie AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Alpiq Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
84 Sarmap SA, Switzerland 0.05 1
85 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.03 1
85 Kanton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland 0.03 1
85 The Basel Life Sciences Agency (EVA), Switzerland 0.03 1
86 Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland 0.02 1
87 Laténium, Switzerland 0.02 1
88 Kühne-Stiftung, Switzerland 0.02 1
89 Basel Institute for Immunology (BII), Switzerland 0.01 1
90 Psychiatrische Dienste Aargau AG (PDAG), Switzerland 0.01 1
91 Carbofor-Expert, Switzerland 0.01 1
92 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.00 4
92 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.00 4

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