2016 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 16.26 40
2 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 8.45 21
3 University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium 3.70 11
4 University of Liège (ULg), Belgium 3.46 13
5 European Commission (EC), Belgium 3.24 14
6 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium 3.08 15
7 Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium 2.11 15
8 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Belgium 1.89 6
9 Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium 1.06 2
10 Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium 1.02 6
11 Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), Belgium 1.00 1
12 Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium 0.83 5
13 Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP), Belgium 0.56 4
14 University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium 0.50 2
15 Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium 0.43 1
16 Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), Belgium 0.39 1
17 University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium 0.36 3
18 Artesis Plantijn University College (AP), Belgium 0.25 1
19 European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), Belgium 0.17 2
20 Avecom NV, Belgium 0.17 1
20 Flanders Hydraulics Research, Belgium 0.17 1
21 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 0.13 4
22 SAPION bvba, Belgium 0.13 1
23 Euro Chlor, Belgium 0.10 1
24 Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium 0.09 1
25 UCB S.A., Belgium 0.07 1
26 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium 0.04 1
26 X-Ray Engineering (XRE) bvba, Belgium 0.04 1
27 Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium 0.03 1
28 Flanders Heritage Agency, Belgium 0.02 1

Footnote

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