2018 tables: Institutions

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

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2016 Share 2017 Count 2017 Change in Adjusted Share 2016-2017*
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 355.01 385.07 959 6.9%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 234.26 208.06 577 -12.5%
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 144.15 129.89 595 -11.2%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 116.98 111.41 396 -6.1%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 102.61 108.56 319 4.3%
6 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 66.98 64.11 315 -5.7%
7 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 53.80 55.89 399 2.4%
8 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 50.47 55.34 199 8.1%
9 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 43.91 54.75 116 22.9%
10 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 50.04 51.70 254 1.8%
11 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 41.29 41.58 130 -0.7%
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 32.29 24.41 82 -25.5%
13 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 18.01 23.96 97 31.2%
14 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 21.33 22.01 74 1.7%
15 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 7.02 9.94 94 39.5%
16 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 3.95 8.25 29 106.0%
17 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 5.70 6.71 34 16.1%
18 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 5.63 5.54 18 -3.0%
19 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 3.58 5.27 44 45.3%
20 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 3.43 3.41 15 -1.9%
21 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 4.58 2.83 5 -39.0%
22 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 1.25 2.28 5 80.0%
23 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.63 2.17 36 30.9%
24 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 2.34 2.03 5 -14.7%
25 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.33 1.98 9 498.5%
26 Agroscope, Switzerland 2.21 1.88 10 -16.4%
27 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 0.30 1.47 15 383.0%
28 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.27 1.27 3 -1.3%
29 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 0.28 1.23 4 332.4%
30 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 1.87 1.14 5 -40.0%
31 inSili.com GmbH, Switzerland 0.31 1.00 2 219.7%
31 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 1.63 1.00 1 -39.3%
31 Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
31 SwissScientific SA, Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
32 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 1.91 0.94 7 -51.6%
33 Novimmune SA, Switzerland 0.27 0.88 3 223.6%
34 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.37 0.83 7 122.6%
35 Syngenta Biosciences Pvt. Ltd., Switzerland 0.78 1 N/A
36 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.41 0.72 3 75.1%
37 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.08 0.71 2 737.2%
38 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.50 0.71 3 39.1%
39 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.25 0.69 3 171.2%
40 Spectroswiss Sarl, Switzerland 0.58 2 N/A
40 Quantis Lausanne, Switzerland 0.58 2 N/A
41 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.43 0.57 5 29.8%
42 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.03 0.56 5 1,487.4%
43 Lonza Group Ltd., Switzerland 0.27 0.45 2 62.9%
44 Lucentix SA, Switzerland 0.40 1 N/A
45 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.39 3 N/A
46 Innomedica Holding AG, Switzerland 0.38 1 N/A
47 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.25 0.33 2 31.4%
47 ChemAlive LLC, Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
48 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.25 0.33 3 30.1%
49 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Switzerland 0.45 0.33 2 -28.8%
50 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.29 3 N/A
51 IRsweep GmbH, Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
51 Philochem AG, Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
52 Solaronix SA, Switzerland 0.27 1 N/A
53 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.13 0.27 3 100.5%
54 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 1.08 0.26 3 -76.1%
55 Botanical Garden Neuchâtel, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
55 GeoModelling Solutions GmbH, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
55 Camlin Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
55 World Resources Forum (WRF), Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
55 Kabelwerke Brugg AG Holding, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
55 Meteodat GmbH, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
56 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.04 0.25 3 536.9%
57 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.03 0.22 2 590.0%
58 CristalTech Sàrl, Switzerland 0.22 1 N/A
58 Zürich Departement der Industriellen Betriebe (DIB), Switzerland 0.22 1 N/A
59 Therapeomic Inc., Switzerland 0.21 1 N/A
60 IT'IS Foundation, Switzerland 0.21 1 N/A
61 Häring, Geo-Project, Switzerland 0.20 0.20 1 -1.4%
61 Stadt Zürich Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartement (TED), Switzerland 0.25 0.20 1 -21.1%
61 Holinger AG, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
62 Avantama AG, Switzerland 0.19 2 N/A
63 ID-Gene Ecodiagnostics Ltd., Switzerland 0.19 1 N/A
64 School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), Switzerland 0.13 0.17 1 31.4%
64 Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 Canton Argovia Department of Civil Engineering, Transport and Environment, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 University of Lucerne (UNILU), Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 SR Technics Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 Aware Engineering GmbH, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 Eclosion Foundation, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
64 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.26 0.17 1 -36.4%
65 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland 0.09 0.15 2 66.8%
65 Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Switzerland 0.15 1 N/A
65 ImmunoGenes AG, Switzerland 0.15 1 N/A
66 Agroscope, Swiss National Stud Farm (SNSF), Switzerland 0.15 2 N/A
67 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 1.00 0.15 3 -85.4%
68 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.22 0.15 3 -34.9%
69 Evolva Holding SA, Switzerland 0.25 0.14 1 -43.7%
69 Gymnase de Renens, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
69 Evatec AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
69 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
70 Nanograde AG, Switzerland 0.11 0.13 1 8.4%
70 RISystem AG, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
70 Hertig Visualizations, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
70 Table Stable Ltd., Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
70 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
70 Natural History Museum Fribourg, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
71 Institut de Recherche en Ophtalmologie (IRO), Switzerland 0.12 1 N/A
72 Centre de Coordination pour la Protection des Amphibiens et Reptiles de Suisse (KARCH), Switzerland 0.12 2 N/A
73 Thommen Medical AG, Switzerland 0.12 1 N/A
74 Natural History Museum of Basel, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
74 Carbogen Amcis AG, Switzerland 0.14 0.11 1 -23.3%
75 Kantonsspital Lucerne, Switzerland 0.10 2 N/A
76 Liebherr-International AG, Switzerland 0.30 0.10 1 -67.1%
76 Attolight AG, Switzerland 0.36 0.10 1 -72.7%
76 MetP Pharma AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
76 Keires AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
76 PIEMACS, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
76 Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
77 BioVersys AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
78 Cantonal Hospital Baselland (KSBL), Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
79 Genkyotex S.A., Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
79 Schwab & Sohn, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
79 National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), Switzerland 0.25 0.08 1 -67.1%
80 LeadXpro AG, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
81 Streuli Pharma AG, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
81 Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune (CSCF), Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
82 AC Immune S.A., Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
82 Schulthess Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
83 EngMab AG, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
84 Biognosys AG, Switzerland 0.02 0.06 1 232.7%
85 Scensei, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
86 PIQUR Therapeutics AG, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
87 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.33 0.05 1 -85.2%
87 Ithaka Institute for Carbon Strategies, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
88 DermaVet - Dermatologie für Tiere, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
89 Bioanalytica AG, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
89 Amal Therapeutics SA, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
90 Galderma S.A., Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
91 AMEOS Holding AG, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
92 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 1.01 0.03 1 -97.5%
92 Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
93 Sulzer Ltd., Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 Geo-Energie Suisse AG, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 BKW Energie AG, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 Alpiq Holding AG, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 Sarmap SA, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.03 0.02 1 -29.6%
93 IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
94 Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
95 Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Switzerland 1.33 0.02 1 -98.7%
95 Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
96 International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
97 Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRI), Switzerland 0.34 0.02 1 -95.5%
98 Hyperstem S.A., Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
99 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.02 0.01 7 -12.5%
99 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.02 0.01 7 -12.5%
100 Kühne-Stiftung, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
101 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.01 0.01 1 3.0%
102 Carbofor-Expert, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
103 KORA, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
104 Clinical Research Centre Adolphe de Rothschild, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
105 European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine (CLINAM), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
106 Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), Switzerland 0.35 0.00 1 -98.8%

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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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.