2017 tables: Institutions

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 106.97 115.13 343 10.4%
2 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 70.94 68.87 254 -0.4%
3 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium 38.74 45.53 196 20.6%
4 Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium 30.65 36.33 150 21.6%
5 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 25.81 36.02 153 43.2%
6 University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium 29.29 28.48 145 -0.3%
7 University of Liège (ULg), Belgium 19.10 27.20 88 46.1%
8 Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium 23.01 19.33 53 -13.8%
9 Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium 17.01 14.90 145 -10.1%
10 International Solvay Institutes, Belgium 10.12 10.25 45 4.0%
11 European Commission (EC), Belgium 8.12 9.86 31 24.6%
12 University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium 10.39 9.64 92 -4.9%
13 University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium 7.64 7.75 24 4.0%
14 Hasselt University (UHasselt), Belgium 6.50 7.08 21 11.8%
15 European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF), Belgium 3.63 4.43 22 25.2%
16 Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), Belgium 2.15 3.68 14 75.2%
17 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Belgium 2.96 3.03 13 5.2%
18 Walloon Excellence in Lifesciences and Biotechnology (WELBIO), Belgium 1.83 2.92 24 64.0%
19 Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium 0.50 1.91 5 291.3%
20 Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP), Belgium 0.85 1.60 3 94.0%
21 Solvay S.A., Belgium 1.55 1.59 7 5.8%
22 UCB S.A., Belgium 2.74 1.56 18 -41.6%
23 Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), Belgium 1.19 1.38 4 18.7%
24 Ablynx N.V., Belgium 1.19 2 N/A
25 Xtrion N.V., Belgium 0.92 1 N/A
26 Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium 0.67 1 N/A
27 Argenx SE, Belgium 0.75 0.62 1 -15.4%
28 Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium 1.02 0.61 2 -38.7%
29 Belgian Red Cross, Belgium 0.50 1 N/A
29 De Watergroep, Belgium 0.50 1 N/A
30 Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium 0.06 0.47 5 656.7%
31 CHU Dinant Godinne, Belgium 0.42 2 N/A
32 Procter & Gamble (P&G) België, Belgium 0.40 1 N/A
33 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium 0.22 0.37 6 75.7%
34 National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (INCC), Belgium 0.36 1 N/A
35 Galapagos N.V., Belgium 0.31 0.31 7 1.5%
36 Avecom NV, Belgium 0.17 0.25 1 53.9%
36 Research Institute for Chromatography (R.I.C.), Belgium 0.57 0.25 1 -55.1%
37 GasthuisZusters Antwerpen (GZA), Belgium 0.19 5 N/A
38 NanoMEGAS SPRL, Belgium 0.09 0.17 2 101.9%
39 Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), Belgium 0.02 0.14 2 683.5%
40 Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium 0.04 0.13 1 201.2%
40 Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen (ZNA), Belgium 0.11 0.13 1 11.9%
41 Anabiotec NV, Belgium 0.11 1 N/A
42 Intermunicipal Public Health of the Charleroi (ISPPC), Belgium 0.04 0.10 1 146.2%
42 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium 0.10 1 N/A
42 Umicore N.V., Belgium 0.10 1 N/A
43 Innolab, Belgium 0.07 1 N/A
44 Institute Scientist Public Service (ISSeP), Belgium 0.06 1 N/A
45 Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium 1.06 0.06 1 -94.0%
46 ThromboGenics NV, Belgium 0.06 1 N/A
47 AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV, Belgium 0.05 0.06 3 27.0%
48 AZ Sint-Lucas, Belgium 0.05 1 N/A
49 X-Ray Engineering (XRE) bvba, Belgium 0.04 0.05 1 17.2%
50 Diagenode s.a., Belgium 0.04 1 N/A
51 Département Études de Natagora, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
52 pxlence BVBA, Belgium 0.02 1 N/A
53 Vereniging Voor Sterrenkunde, Meteorologie, Geofysica en Aanverwante Wetenschappen (VVS), Belgium 0.02 0.01 1 -26.4%
54 Royal Military Academy (RMA), Belgium 0.00 0.01 1 265.9%
55 AZ Delta, Belgium 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.