2017 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

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 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 327.91 307.93 1,680 -3.9%
2 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 68.10 61.33 534 -7.8%
3 Sorbonne University, France 55.68 53.54 546 -1.6%
4 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 39.60 41.48 404 7.2%
5 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 26.23 26.81 311 4.6%
6 University of Paris, France 24.89 21.50 311 -11.6%
7 University of Lyon, France 15.94 19.03 187 22.2%
8 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 14.12 16.77 219 21.5%
9 University of Strasbourg, France 13.08 15.41 163 20.5%
10 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 15.51 15.35 245 1.3%
11 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 15.48 14.86 124 -1.7%
12 University of Toulouse, France 17.62 13.98 127 -18.8%
13 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France 11.28 10.78 57 -2.2%
14 University of Montpellier, France 8.49 10.02 67 20.9%
15 École Polytechnique, France 12.75 9.53 162 -23.5%
16 University of Bordeaux, France 12.33 8.72 68 -27.6%
17 ESPCI ParisTech, France 7.09 7.79 71 12.5%
18 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 5.99 6.24 59 6.8%
19 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 8.60 6.13 135 -27.0%
20 Thales S.A., France 4.31 6.08 44 44.2%
21 Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), France 6.63 5.91 39 -8.8%
22 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 4.15 5.86 46 44.7%
23 University of Lorraine (UL), France 5.22 5.60 32 9.9%
24 University of Lille Nord de France, France 6.22 5.06 38 -16.8%
25 Paris Observatory, France 5.39 5.04 110 -4.2%
26 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 4.66 4.61 29 1.1%
27 Collège de France, France 5.66 4.45 57 -19.6%
28 University of Savoy (USMB), France 3.67 4.23 151 17.8%
29 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 5.81 3.37 39 -40.6%
30 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 2.01 3.22 25 64.3%
31 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 4.17 3.22 96 -20.8%
32 European Space Agency (ESA), France 6.14 2.97 28 -50.5%
33 University of Rennes 1, France 3.13 2.89 34 -5.4%
34 Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France 3.24 2.66 68 -15.8%
35 Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training (ISEN), France 3.29 2.66 28 -17.3%
36 National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), France 3.71 2.55 82 -29.7%
37 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 2.99 2.29 27 -21.6%
38 National Metrology and Testing (LNE), France 1.23 2.26 10 88.5%
39 École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), France 1.99 2.25 28 16.2%
40 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 2.25 2.22 20 0.9%
41 Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), France 2.67 2.13 8 -18.6%
42 University Clermont Auvergne, France 2.84 1.98 129 -28.7%
43 Le Mans University, France 2.97 1.85 5 -36.0%
44 University Institute of France (IUF), France 2.01 1.84 19 -6.7%
45 University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France 1.95 1.62 19 -15.0%
46 Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM), France 2.14 1.56 13 -25.5%
47 University of Limoges (ULIM), France 0.90 1.44 6 63.8%
48 University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France 3.16 1.42 12 -53.9%
49 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 3.02 1.40 9 -52.7%
50 École Centrale Lyon, France 0.74 1.34 16 85.0%
51 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.02 1.32 14 32.5%
52 University of Burgundy, France 2.07 1.30 10 -35.6%
53 Centrale Graduate School, France 1.59 1.30 20 -16.3%
54 Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France 1.09 1.29 7 21.0%
54 University of Poitiers, France 1.19 1.29 7 10.9%
55 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 1.24 1.25 25 3.5%
56 National Graduate School of Engineering and Research Center (ENSICAEN), France 2.12 1.22 12 -41.0%
56 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 2.24 1.22 12 -44.3%
57 CY Cergy Paris University, France 2.24 1.09 23 -50.2%
58 École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique de Lyon or (CPE Lyon), France 0.65 1.05 13 64.7%
59 Pasteur Institute, France 0.26 1.03 3 297.5%
60 Curie Institute, France 1.61 1.00 10 -36.0%
61 University of Nantes, France 1.66 0.98 30 -39.3%
62 France Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France 1.07 0.97 40 -7.9%
63 SKEMA Business School, France 0.68 0.95 62 43.0%
64 National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), France 2.03 0.89 17 -55.0%
65 L'Oréal International, France 0.06 0.89 1 1,355.7%
66 Saint-Gobain SA, France 0.46 0.87 4 94.1%
67 University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), France 0.85 4 N/A
68 University of Rouen, France 0.16 0.83 6 421.3%
69 Naval School, France 0.80 1 N/A
70 Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), France 0.98 0.77 16 -19.6%
71 University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France 0.71 0.77 4 10.8%
72 Gustave Eiffel University, France 1.98 0.75 9 -61.2%
73 Électricité de France S.A. (EDF), France 0.50 0.75 3 54.6%
74 Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA ParisTech), France 2.80 0.73 9 -73.2%
75 National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA), France 2.22 0.72 10 -66.8%
76 Total S.A., France 0.71 4 N/A
77 Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice (CRR), France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 Centre Nationaux de Création Musicale (CIRM), France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 CHU Nice, France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
77 EDHEC Business School, France 0.68 0.70 62 5.5%
78 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 1.76 0.69 13 -60.1%
79 University of Orléans, France 1.27 0.68 15 -45.2%
80 University of Haute-Alsace (UHA), France 1.21 0.62 42 -47.4%
81 SIGMA Clermont, France 0.93 0.61 6 -32.6%
82 Airbus S.A.S., France 1.21 0.58 2 -50.6%
83 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 0.47 0.56 7 22.5%
84 National School for Water and Environmental Engineering of Strasbourg (ENGEES), France 0.21 0.55 5 171.1%
85 Lyon University Hospital (HCL), France 0.30 0.54 4 84.3%
86 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), France 0.71 0.50 12 -27.5%
87 University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), France 1.37 0.48 9 -64.3%
88 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), France 0.40 0.45 8 17.1%
89 University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France 2.10 0.45 6 -78.1%
90 National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies (ENSMM), France 1.35 0.43 5 -67.5%
91 École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), France 0.41 0.41 4 2.6%
92 University of Le Havre, France 0.21 0.40 3 96.5%
93 Soitec S.A., France 0.22 0.39 2 80.9%
94 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 1.57 0.38 7 -75.4%
95 NEXDOT, France 0.25 0.35 2 44.9%
96 NOVASiC, France 0.17 0.25 1 53.5%
96 Nanobactérie Sarl, France 0.25 1 N/A
96 Compagnie Générale de Géophysique S.A., France 0.25 1 N/A
96 EPF - Graduate School of Engineering, France 0.10 0.25 3 155.9%
97 Apollon Solar, France 0.22 1 N/A
98 Centre Léon Bérard (CLB), France 0.26 0.22 2 -14.0%
99 School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), France 0.06 0.21 5 255.9%
100 Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), France 0.16 0.20 5 32.2%

Footnote

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