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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 377.17 355.01 910 -3.5%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 228.57 234.26 570 5.1%
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 118.90 144.15 548 24.4%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 116.30 116.98 377 3.2%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 91.58 102.61 287 14.9%
6 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 71.83 66.98 326 -4.3%
7 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 63.25 53.80 354 -12.8%
8 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 46.46 50.47 187 11.4%
9 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 45.23 50.04 242 13.5%
10 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 45.66 43.91 99 -1.4%
11 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 48.57 41.29 122 -12.8%
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 31.98 32.29 101 3.6%
13 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 28.66 21.33 63 -23.6%
14 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 18.65 18.01 77 -0.9%
15 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 4.97 7.02 72 45.0%
16 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 4.00 5.70 27 46.3%
17 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 4.88 5.63 23 18.5%
18 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 4.25 4.58 10 10.4%
19 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 7.25 3.95 23 -44.1%
20 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 1.86 3.58 32 97.3%
21 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 2.33 3.43 13 50.8%
22 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 3.61 2.34 6 -33.5%
23 Agroscope, Switzerland 1.61 2.21 15 41.0%
24 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 1.15 1.91 5 69.5%
25 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 0.67 1.87 5 185.1%
26 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.71 1.63 36 -2.3%
27 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 2.54 1.63 3 -34.4%
28 Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Switzerland 1.33 3 N/A
29 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.73 1.27 4 -25.0%
30 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 0.83 1.25 2 54.5%
31 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 1.15 1.08 5 -3.0%
32 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.60 1.01 4 71.8%
33 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.34 1.00 7 203.7%
34 SGS SA, Switzerland 0.14 0.75 1 438.5%
35 Ferring International Center S.A., Switzerland 0.57 2 N/A
36 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.50 2 N/A
37 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Switzerland 0.45 2 N/A
38 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.37 0.43 5 21.7%
39 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.23 0.41 4 83.6%
40 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.13 0.37 4 195.1%
41 Attolight AG, Switzerland 0.25 0.36 2 48.2%
42 Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), Switzerland 0.55 0.35 3 -33.6%
43 Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRI), Switzerland 0.34 3 N/A
44 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.16 0.33 2 114.5%
44 LimmaTech Biologics AG, Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
44 Terrasense Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
45 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.47 0.33 3 -29.0%
46 GAMMA Remote Sensing and Consulting AG (GAMMA), Switzerland 0.50 0.31 2 -36.5%
47 inSili.com GmbH, Switzerland 0.31 3 N/A
48 Liebherr-International AG, Switzerland 0.30 2 N/A
49 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 1.95 0.30 15 -84.3%
50 Clariant International Ltd., Switzerland 0.58 0.29 2 -48.7%
51 Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd., Switzerland 0.29 2 N/A
52 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 0.28 2 N/A
53 Lonza Group Ltd., Switzerland 0.48 0.27 1 -41.3%
54 Novimmune SA, Switzerland 1.71 0.27 2 -83.9%
55 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.19 0.26 2 41.3%
56 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.09 0.25 3 176.7%
57 Stadt Zürich Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartement (TED), Switzerland 0.20 0.25 1 28.2%
57 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.38 0.25 1 -32.7%
57 Evolva Holding SA, Switzerland 0.45 0.25 2 -43.6%
57 National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
57 Supercomputing Systems AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
57 Envilab AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
57 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
57 Swiss Finance Institute, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
58 Sophia Genetics SAS, Switzerland 0.22 1 N/A
58 Versantis AG, Switzerland 0.22 1 N/A
59 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.08 0.22 8 188.1%
60 SWISSto12 SA, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
60 Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
60 Membratec SA, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
60 Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
60 Häring, Geo-Project, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
60 Geo Explorers AG, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
61 Lausanne Sanitation Service, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
62 Transfusion Interrégionale CRS SA, Switzerland 0.15 1 N/A
63 Givaudan SA, Switzerland 0.50 0.14 1 -70.7%
63 Baliopharm AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
63 Carbogen Amcis AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
63 Bau- und Umweltschutzdirektion, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
63 WABAG Water Technology Ltd., Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
63 Huber + Suhner AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
64 HiQScreen, Switzerland 0.17 0.13 1 -17.9%
65 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.36 0.13 3 -62.2%
66 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.20 0.13 1 -35.9%
66 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering (Wyss Center), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Istituto Cantonale di Patologia, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HE-ARC), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
67 Valais Hospital, Switzerland 0.11 2 N/A
68 Nanograde AG, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
69 Montena Technology SA, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
70 Amazentis SA, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
70 Neurimmune Holding AG, Switzerland 0.29 0.11 1 -62.3%
71 ID Quantique SA, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
71 Ticomo Research GmbH, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
72 Kantonsspital Aarau AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
73 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
73 Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
73 Kantonsschule Trogen (KST), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
74 Sources, Interaction with Matter, Detection and Analysis of Low Energy Electrons 2 (SIMDALEE2 ), Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
74 Basel Institute for Immunology (BII), Switzerland 0.01 0.08 1 583.8%
74 M et P Pharma AG, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
74 Facoltà Indipendente di Gandria, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
74 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
75 AO Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 0.07 1 46.5%
75 RMS Foundation, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
76 Campus Biotech, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
77 Berufsfachschule Gesundheit Baselland (BFG), Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
78 Luzerner Kantonsspital (LUKS), Switzerland 0.06 2 N/A
79 Alemnis GmbH, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
79 Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
80 Hydrology Software Consulting J. Schulla, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
81 ETSS AG, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
82 CarbonFor-Expert, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
83 Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse (VSF Suisse), Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
84 Kanton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland 0.03 0.04 1 36.8%
84 The Basel Life Sciences Agency (EVA), Switzerland 0.03 0.04 1 36.8%
85 PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
86 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.33 0.04 1 -88.2%
87 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.58 0.03 1 -93.9%
88 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Sulzer Ltd., Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Geo-Energie Suisse AG, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 BKW Energie AG, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Alpiq Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Sarmap SA, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 3 -28.2%
88 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.06 0.03 3 -49.0%
89 Cantonal Hospital of Winterthur (KSW), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
90 Biognosys AG, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
91 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.00 0.02 7 260.3%
91 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.00 0.02 7 260.3%
92 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.03 0.01 1 -64.3%
93 Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

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