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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 86.99 222
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 27.85 78
3 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 17.79 68
4 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 13.39 33
5 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 10.87 44
6 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 8.84 22
7 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 6.10 16
8 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 6.01 19
9 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 5.63 23
10 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 4.98 21
11 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 3.85 22
12 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 2.16 6
13 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 2.15 7
14 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.73 5
15 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 1.15 4
16 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 1.05 2
17 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 1.00 1
18 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.74 3
19 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.60 1
20 GAMMA Remote Sensing and Consulting AG (GAMMA), Switzerland 0.50 1
21 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.38 2
22 RUAG Holding AG, Switzerland 0.29 1
23 SR Technics Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.27 1
24 Agroscope, Switzerland 0.26 5
25 Swisselectric, Switzerland 0.25 1
26 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.25 5
27 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.23 2
28 Stadt Zürich Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartement (TED), Switzerland 0.20 1
28 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.20 1
28 Bachema AG, Switzerland 0.20 1
29 Sanitation Serivce, Switzerland 0.17 1
29 Geneva Department of Environment, Transport and Agriculture, Switzerland 0.17 1
30 Alphacare AG, Switzerland 0.14 1
30 SGS SA, Switzerland 0.14 1
31 Competence Center for Underwater Archaeology and Dendrochronology, STEZ, Switzerland 0.13 2
32 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.13 1
32 Marcolli Chemistry and Physics Consulting GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 1
32 Quantis Lausanne, Switzerland 0.13 1
33 Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Höhlenforschung, Switzerland 0.11 1
34 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.08 2
35 Technik Thermischer Maschinen (TTM), Switzerland 0.07 1
36 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.06 2
37 Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), Switzerland 0.06 1
38 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Sulzer Ltd., Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Geo-Energie Suisse AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
38 BKW Energie AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Alpiq Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Sarmap SA, Switzerland 0.05 1
38 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.05 1
38 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 0.05 1
39 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.04 1
40 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.03 1
41 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 0.03 2
42 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.01 1

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