2018 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 147.56 125.92 361 -10.7%
2 Max Planck Society, Germany 37.55 25.88 120 -27.9%
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 29.05 19.43 93 -30.0%
4 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 15.66 18.46 59 23.4%
5 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 15.12 15.19 34 5.1%
6 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 11.98 9.31 25 -18.6%
7 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 11.54 8.46 29 -23.3%
8 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 10.54 8.15 25 -19.1%
9 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 18.05 8.12 27 -52.9%
10 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 5.05 7.92 19 64.3%
11 University of Potsdam, Germany 15.80 7.61 34 -49.6%
12 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 3.82 6.30 11 72.5%
13 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 6.84 5.94 21 -9.2%
14 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 8.42 5.49 18 -31.7%
15 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 6.88 5.48 25 -16.6%
16 University of Oldenburg, Germany 3.51 4.79 16 43.0%
17 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 6.10 4.65 16 -20.1%
18 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 2.09 4.55 8 128.2%
19 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 7.84 4.41 17 -41.2%
20 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 5.57 4.30 12 -19.3%
21 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 5.14 3.99 17 -18.6%
22 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 2.28 3.72 14 70.4%
23 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 4.82 3.56 19 -22.8%
24 German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany 9.35 2.90 6 -67.5%
25 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 0.88 2.48 8 194.3%
26 Leipzig University, Germany 2.10 2.34 27 16.6%
27 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 3.78 2.31 16 -36.0%
28 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 0.21 2.18 5 982.6%
29 University of Göttingen, Germany 5.01 2.09 11 -56.4%
30 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 2.03 1.97 8 1.4%
31 Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 2.26 1.80 8 -16.9%
32 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 1.24 1.76 12 48.4%
33 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 8.32 1.72 15 -78.3%
34 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 2.08 1.62 7 -18.5%
35 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 2.46 1.61 25 -31.8%
36 Clausthal University of Technology (TU Clausthal), Germany 1.20 2 N/A
37 DVGW - Water Technology Center (TZW), Germany 0.60 1.06 2 84.8%
38 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 3.08 1.06 6 -64.0%
39 BASF SE, Germany 1.80 1.01 4 -41.2%
40 University of Stuttgart, Germany 1.06 1.01 5 -0.2%
41 Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany 0.87 0.93 6 11.6%
42 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 1.34 0.84 6 -34.3%
43 University of Hohenheim, Germany 2.37 0.79 2 -65.3%
44 Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Germany 1.08 0.68 2 -34.8%
45 University of Konstanz, Germany 0.50 0.67 5 41.2%
46 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 0.46 0.67 2 52.3%
47 Lanxess AG, Germany 0.65 2 N/A
48 Steinbeis Foundation, Germany 0.64 1 N/A
49 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 2.26 0.63 6 -70.8%
50 University of Siegen, Germany 0.62 3 N/A
51 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 1.44 0.53 2 -61.7%
52 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 2.01 0.51 5 -73.4%
53 Institute of Avian Research "Vogelwarte Helgoland" (IAR), Germany 0.01 0.50 1 3,877.6%
53 Museum für Naturkunde Chemnitz, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
53 University of Kassel, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
53 Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
53 Wismut GmbH, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
54 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 0.46 4 N/A
55 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 1.12 0.42 3 -60.9%
56 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 0.53 0.36 20 -29.3%
57 Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.35 3 N/A
58 Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband (EGLV), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
58 Wilhelm-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
58 Muschelkalkmuseum Hagdorn, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
59 MINJIE Analytical Laboratory e.K., Germany 0.29 2 N/A
60 Global Climate Forum e.V. (GCF), Germany 0.27 2 N/A
61 European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany 0.26 2 N/A
62 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA), Germany 0.11 0.25 1 135.5%
62 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 0.22 0.25 2 17.8%
62 Federal Environment Agency Germany (UBA), Germany 0.45 0.25 1 -42.1%
62 Ribocon GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
62 GeoDienste GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
62 CUTEC-Institut GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
62 CGG Electro Magnetics (Germany) GmbH, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
63 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.08 0.22 2 181.1%
64 RWE AG, Germany 0.22 1 N/A
65 University of Augsburg, Germany 0.75 0.21 2 -70.1%
66 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 2.41 0.21 2 -90.9%
67 Meteorite Laboratory, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
67 Saalbau Weltraum Projekt, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
67 Synchem UG & Co. KG, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
67 Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (FHE), Germany 0.20 1 N/A
67 Postnova Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
68 Climate Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.08 0.18 2 126.8%
69 Radiometer Physics GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
69 University of Wuppertal, Germany 1.07 0.17 1 -83.7%
69 German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), Germany 1.38 0.17 1 -87.3%
69 Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
69 Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
69 E.ON SE, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
70 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 0.07 0.15 3 141.2%
71 Ulm University, Germany 1.23 0.13 2 -88.9%
72 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
72 Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research (NIHK), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
72 ADD Ideas Albrecht und Detlev Degering GbR, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
73 University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany 0.12 0.12 3 2.8%
74 EWOMIS, Germany 0.12 1 N/A
75 Volkswagen AG, Germany 0.03 0.11 2 247.7%
76 Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology (STMWI), Germany 0.30 0.10 1 -65.1%
76 MTU Aero Engines AG, Germany 0.30 0.10 1 -65.1%
76 Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG), Germany 0.30 0.10 1 -65.1%
77 State Office for Cultural Heritage Management Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
77 Ulmer Museum, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
77 Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), Germany 0.43 0.09 1 -77.7%
78 Erftverband, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
78 Institute for Composite Materials (IVW), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
78 Photonik-Zentrum Kaiserslautern e.V. (PZKL), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
79 Scientific Consulting Company GmbH (SSC), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
80 University of Rostock, Germany 0.82 0.07 1 -90.8%
81 Verein für Kultur und nachhaltige Entwicklung (CDD e.V), Germany 0.07 1 N/A
82 Stiftung Mercator, Germany 0.13 0.06 1 -50.9%
82 Senckenberg am Meer, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
83 University of Greifswald, Germany 0.63 0.06 2 -90.0%
84 Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany 0.09 0.05 1 -42.4%
85 Bovicare GmbH, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
86 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 0.04 1 N/A
87 CESifo Group Munich, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
87 State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG), Germany 0.05 0.03 1 -26.7%
88 Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA), Germany 0.03 2 N/A
89 Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin - VBIO e.V., Germany 0.03 0.03 1 1.1%
90 Freiberg Instruments GmbH, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
91 Bielefeld University, Germany 0.02 1 N/A
92 ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany 0.47 0.02 1 -96.5%
93 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 0.10 0.01 1 -85.5%
94 Bavarian Public Observatory Munich, Germany 0.01 1 N/A
95 Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences (THM), Germany 0.01 1 N/A
95 Astronomie Stiftung Trebur, Germany 0.01 1 N/A
96 Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.03 0.00 1 -97.9%
96 Allianz SE, Germany 0.03 0.00 1 -97.9%

Footnote

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