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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 124.32 144.79 397 15.1%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 101.08 91.36 285 -10.7%
3 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 53.18 55.38 392 2.9%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 43.50 40.72 194 -7.5%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 28.16 31.11 69 9.2%
6 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 28.47 29.42 260 2.1%
7 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 29.60 28.04 176 -6.4%
8 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 19.98 21.69 168 7.3%
9 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 9.50 9.68 38 0.7%
10 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 5.54 9.51 57 69.7%
11 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 2.13 1.93 4 -10.5%
12 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 0.59 1.79 9 198.1%
13 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 0.58 1.76 6 198.7%
14 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 0.22 1.45 10 562.1%
15 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 1.50 1.00 1 -34.1%
15 SwissScientific SA, Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
16 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 0.24 0.90 2 275.6%
17 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.78 3 N/A
18 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 0.08 0.51 3 502.8%
19 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 0.49 2 N/A
20 IRsweep GmbH, Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
21 Solaronix SA, Switzerland 0.27 1 N/A
22 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.38 0.25 1 -34.1%
23 CristalTech Sàrl, Switzerland 0.22 1 N/A
24 Avantama AG, Switzerland 0.19 2 N/A
25 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 0.01 0.19 1 2,901.5%
26 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 0.00 0.18 1 13,151.4%
27 Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
28 Gymnase de Renens, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
28 Evatec AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
29 RISystem AG, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
29 Table Stable Ltd., Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
30 Attolight AG, Switzerland 0.36 0.10 1 -72.6%
30 PIEMACS, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
31 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 0.25 0.06 1 -75.3%
32 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
33 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.22 0.02 2 -91.0%
34 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
35 Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
36 Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Switzerland 1.33 0.02 1 -98.7%
37 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 0.14 0.02 1 -88.5%
38 European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine (CLINAM), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A

Footnote

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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.