2018 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

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The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

2017 Institution Share 2016 Share 2017
1 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 53.51 72.09
2 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.74 57.8
3 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 33.44 44.18
4 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 38.46 33.31
5 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 32.31 31.25
6 Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (GU), Germany 29.56 31.01
7 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 24.68 30.74
8 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 31.37 29.56
9 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 35.78 26.59
10 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 26.27 25.2
11 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 25.63 24.93
12 University of Göttingen, Germany 36.23 24.23
13 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 29.9 20.13
14 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 25.58 19.78
15 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 17.72 18.44
16 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 13.41 17.09
17 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 8.35 17.09
18 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 16.56 16.53
19 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 14.55 15.77
20 Leipzig University, Germany 11.85 12.65
21 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 17.86 12.53
22 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 11.82 11.76
23 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 6.31 10.48
24 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 12.06 8.54
25 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 7.5 8.39
26 Ulm University, Germany 13.01 7.78
27 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 13.25 7.39
28 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 4.44 6.91
29 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 4.66 6.73
30 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 9.99 6.33
31 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 7.62 5.86
32 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 4.86 5.72
33 University of Lübeck, Germany 6.5 5.32
34 University of Hohenheim, Germany 2.71 5.08
35 University of Greifswald, Germany 3.26 5.02
36 Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig), Germany 7.08 4.62
37 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 9.54 4.51
38 University of Potsdam, Germany 7.68 4.51
39 University of Oldenburg, Germany 3.78 3.86
40 University of Konstanz, Germany 6.95 3.64
41 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 6.41 3.64
42 University of Hannover (LUH), Germany 2.57 3.58
43 Bielefeld University, Germany 5.98 3.54
44 Darmstadt University of Technology (TU Darmstadt), Germany 4.76 3.46
45 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 1.57 3.34
46 University of Stuttgart, Germany 2.34 3.1
47 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 0.9 2.82
48 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 3.29 2.26
49 TU Dortmund University, Germany 0.44 1.75
50 University of Rostock, Germany 2.02 1.72
51 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 2.34 1.54
52 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 0.62 1.4
53 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 2.84 1.13
54 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 0.71
55 University of Passau, Germany 0.5
56 University of Kassel, Germany 1.27 0.35
57 Heidelberg University of Education, Germany 0.25
58 Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen), Germany 0.2
58 Department of 3D Electron Cryomicroscopy, MPI-BPC, Germany 0.25 0.2
59 European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin), Germany 0.17
60 Department of Molecular Physiology, CAESAR, Germany 0.15
61 Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany 0.13
62 Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), Germany 0.05 0.13
63 Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.01 0.12
64 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 0.1
65 Institute for Advanced Study Berlin, Germany 0.03 0.1
66 Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.09 0.08
67 University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany 0.07
68 Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H), Germany 0.27 0.07
69 Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences (THM), Germany 0.02 0.07
70 University of Bamberg, Germany 0.25 0.06
70 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.06
71 Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH), Germany 0.04
72 Aalen University, Germany 0.08 0.03
72 Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.09 0.03
73 Institute of Molecular Pathogenesis (IMP), FLI, Germany 0.03
73 University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany 0.03
74 University of Mannheim, Germany 0.02
75 Brandenburg Medical School - Theodor Fontane (MHB), Germany 0.06 0.02
76 Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.02
77 Jena University of Applied Sciences (EAH Jena), Germany 0.01

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