2016 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 33.96 102
2 Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium 18.80 41
3 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium 18.76 118
4 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 17.04 91
5 University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium 14.06 86
6 Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium 12.82 79
7 International Solvay Institutes, Belgium 10.12 42
8 Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium 7.43 82
9 University of Liège (ULg), Belgium 5.75 23
10 European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF), Belgium 3.07 12
11 University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium 2.81 56
12 Hasselt University (UHasselt), Belgium 1.85 6
13 Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), Belgium 1.77 7
14 University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium 1.75 3
15 European Commission (EC), Belgium 1.02 13
16 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 1.02 3
17 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Belgium 0.70 9
18 Solvay S.A., Belgium 0.68 9
19 Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), Belgium 0.19 2
20 Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium 0.07 2
21 Vereniging Voor Sterrenkunde, Meteorologie, Geofysica en Aanverwante Wetenschappen (VVS), Belgium 0.02 1
22 Royal Military Academy (RMA), Belgium 0.00 1


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