2018 tables: Institutions - physical 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 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 307.93 278.03 1,620 -10.8%
2 Sorbonne University, France 53.54 50.77 557 -6.3%
3 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 61.33 48.19 508 -22.3%
4 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 41.48 35.20 393 -16.2%
5 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 26.81 29.08 330 7.2%
6 University of Paris, France 21.50 19.43 330 -10.7%
7 University of Lyon, France 19.03 15.59 208 -19.0%
8 University of Strasbourg, France 15.41 14.74 164 -5.4%
9 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 15.35 14.31 247 -7.9%
10 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 16.77 14.02 222 -17.4%
11 University of Toulouse, France 13.98 12.38 110 -12.5%
12 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 14.86 11.41 115 -24.1%
13 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 6.13 10.19 157 64.3%
14 University of Bordeaux, France 8.72 9.93 67 12.5%
15 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France 10.78 9.40 48 -13.8%
16 École Polytechnique, France 9.53 8.65 175 -10.3%
17 University of Montpellier, France 10.02 8.48 59 -16.4%
18 ESPCI ParisTech, France 7.79 7.14 63 -9.4%
19 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 5.86 6.40 59 7.8%
20 Collège de France, France 4.45 6.15 69 36.8%
21 Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), France 5.91 5.96 47 -0.2%
22 University of Lorraine (UL), France 5.60 5.94 31 4.9%
23 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 3.22 4.96 118 52.1%
24 University of Savoy (USMB), France 4.23 4.96 171 16.0%
25 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 6.24 4.92 76 -22.1%
26 European Space Agency (ESA), France 2.97 4.41 33 46.6%
27 Paris Observatory, France 5.04 4.09 100 -19.9%
28 Thales S.A., France 6.08 3.81 27 -38.1%
29 University Clermont Auvergne, France 1.98 3.67 160 83.4%
30 Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training (ISEN), France 2.66 3.61 34 33.9%
31 University of Lille Nord de France, France 5.06 3.53 34 -31.0%
32 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 3.37 3.22 55 -5.7%
33 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 2.29 3.10 31 34.0%
34 National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA), France 0.72 2.98 22 309.5%
35 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 4.61 2.94 28 -37.0%
36 University Institute of France (IUF), France 1.84 2.74 31 47.3%
37 University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France 1.42 2.72 20 89.5%
38 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 1.40 2.56 29 81.3%
39 National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), France 2.55 2.53 101 -1.8%
40 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 3.22 2.53 25 -22.4%
41 University of Nantes, France 0.98 2.37 50 138.0%
42 Le Mans University, France 1.85 2.31 13 23.1%
43 University of Rennes 1, France 2.89 2.21 32 -24.4%
44 Airbus S.A.S., France 0.58 2.15 6 263.9%
45 National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), France 0.89 2.03 27 124.9%
46 Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM), France 1.56 2.02 21 28.1%
47 Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France 2.66 1.98 54 -26.5%
48 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 1.22 1.91 17 54.8%
48 National Graduate School of Engineering and Research Center (ENSICAEN), France 1.22 1.91 17 54.8%
49 University of Burgundy, France 1.30 1.86 11 40.9%
50 University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France 1.62 1.82 22 11.2%
51 University of Limoges (ULIM), France 1.44 1.63 7 11.8%
52 University of Rouen, France 0.83 1.46 13 74.4%
53 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 2.22 1.44 21 -35.7%
54 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 0.69 1.41 26 103.6%
55 CY Cergy Paris University, France 1.09 1.41 25 27.6%
56 University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France 0.45 1.40 15 207.3%
57 École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), France 2.25 1.38 23 -39.7%
58 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 1.25 1.32 28 4.3%
59 Curie Institute, France 1.00 1.29 11 26.9%
60 SIGMA Clermont, France 0.61 1.28 10 107.1%
61 National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies (ENSMM), France 0.43 1.20 11 174.8%
62 Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), France 2.13 1.16 15 -46.3%
63 Saint-Gobain SA, France 0.87 1.08 4 23.2%
64 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.32 1.03 10 -23.5%
65 France Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France 0.97 1.00 31 2.4%
66 Gustave Eiffel University, France 0.75 0.94 9 23.9%
67 University of Angers, France 0.05 0.93 4 1,924.6%
68 Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA ParisTech), France 0.73 0.92 15 24.4%
69 University of Poitiers, France 1.29 0.88 5 -33.1%
70 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 0.56 0.87 7 53.7%
71 Vmicro SAS, France 0.83 1 N/A
72 University of Haute-Alsace (UHA), France 0.62 0.77 57 22.5%
73 Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), France 0.77 0.67 12 -14.4%
74 Total S.A., France 0.71 0.66 4 -7.6%
75 Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice (CRR), France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 Centre Nationaux de Création Musicale (CIRM), France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 CHU Nice, France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 EDHEC Business School, France 0.70 0.61 70 -14.5%
75 SKEMA Business School, France 0.95 0.61 70 -36.9%
76 Bretagne Loire University, France 0.14 0.60 33 337.4%
77 Centrale Graduate School, France 1.30 0.58 19 -55.7%
78 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), France 0.50 0.53 14 4.8%
79 École Centrale Lyon, France 1.34 0.49 8 -63.8%
80 École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), France 0.41 0.47 5 14.6%
81 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 0.38 0.47 4 23.4%
82 Paris Dauphine University, France 0.09 0.46 5 400.6%
83 Sanofi, France 0.00 0.43 2 31,482.5%
84 National Metrology and Testing (LNE), France 2.26 0.42 5 -81.5%
85 L'Ecole d'Application Maritime de l'Energie Atomique (EAMEA), France 0.42 1 N/A
86 University of Le Havre, France 0.40 0.38 7 -5.8%
87 École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique de Lyon or (CPE Lyon), France 1.05 0.36 6 -66.5%
88 Air Liquide, France 0.34 2 N/A
89 Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France 1.29 0.33 3 -74.5%
89 Soitec S.A., France 0.39 0.33 1 -16.2%
90 University of Western Brittany (UBO), France 0.07 0.33 3 391.0%
91 University of Paris Ouest (Paris 10), France 0.04 0.32 3 665.4%
92 Pasteur Institute, France 1.03 0.32 7 -69.6%
93 National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), France 0.12 0.27 3 127.6%
94 University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), France 0.15 0.25 7 62.3%
95 Keopsys, France 0.25 1 N/A
96 University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), France 0.48 0.25 7 -48.8%
97 École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Normandie (ENSA Normandie), France 0.24 6 N/A
98 University of South Brittany (UBS), France 0.24 2 N/A
99 University of Orléans, France 0.68 0.21 7 -69.1%
100 French School of Public Health (EHESP), France 0.02 0.21 17 1,196.0%

Footnote

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