2019 tables: Institutions

The 2019 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2017 Share 2018 Count 2018 Change in Adjusted Share 2017-2018*
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 385.07 418.68 1,086 2.6%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 208.06 223.85 588 1.5%
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 129.89 132.16 649 -4.0%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 111.41 111.19 386 -5.8%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 108.56 96.00 327 -16.5%
6 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 64.11 74.08 324 9.1%
7 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 55.89 69.50 438 17.4%
8 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 55.34 57.72 222 -1.6%
9 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 54.75 57.50 136 -0.9%
10 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 51.70 46.91 280 -14.4%
11 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 41.58 31.42 109 -28.7%
12 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 24.41 30.92 95 19.6%
13 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 23.96 28.67 100 12.9%
14 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 22.01 25.59 88 9.8%
15 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 9.94 9.79 83 -7.1%
16 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 5.54 8.71 25 48.2%
17 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 8.25 7.98 28 -8.7%
18 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 6.71 6.39 33 -10.2%
19 Agroscope, Switzerland 1.88 4.56 12 129.0%
20 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 5.27 3.86 45 -30.9%
21 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 1.98 3.65 8 74.1%
22 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 2.17 1.74 29 -24.3%
23 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 2.28 1.53 8 -36.7%
24 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 2.83 1.39 7 -53.6%
25 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.15 1.37 6 774.9%
26 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 1.23 1.35 2 3.2%
27 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 2.03 1.30 4 -39.4%
28 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.27 1.26 4 -6.2%
29 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 3.41 1.19 9 -67.0%
30 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.56 1.02 4 73.0%
31 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.71 1.01 4 35.7%
32 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.83 0.92 8 4.5%
33 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 0.94 0.89 8 -10.0%
34 University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Switzerland 0.61 3 N/A
35 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 1.14 0.60 5 -50.2%
36 Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland 1.00 0.56 2 -47.4%
37 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.33 0.51 4 44.3%
38 IRsweep GmbH, Switzerland 0.29 0.50 1 65.2%
38 Xsensio SA, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
38 Levitronix GmbH, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
39 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.57 0.49 8 -19.0%
40 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.22 0.45 2 90.7%
41 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland 0.15 0.45 1 174.8%
42 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 0.14 0.40 2 164.3%
43 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.05 0.39 5 627.8%
44 Spectroswiss Sarl, Switzerland 0.58 0.38 2 -39.3%
44 SWISSto12 SA, Switzerland 0.38 2 N/A
45 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.25 0.37 4 40.0%
46 St. Claraspital AG, Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
46 Kabelwerke Brugg AG Holding, Switzerland 0.25 0.33 1 25.8%
46 Neurimmune Holding AG, Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
46 Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
46 XiMo AG, Switzerland 0.33 1 N/A
47 Space Exploration Institute (SPACE-X), Switzerland 0.29 2 N/A
48 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.69 0.29 1 -60.8%
48 Swiss Water Association (VSA), Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
49 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.17 0.28 4 58.7%
50 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 1.47 0.28 8 -82.1%
51 Valais Hospital, Switzerland 0.27 2 N/A
51 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering (Wyss Center), Switzerland 0.27 4 N/A
52 Philochem AG, Switzerland 0.29 0.25 2 -16.1%
53 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.27 0.25 2 -12.0%
53 Lonza Group Ltd., Switzerland 0.45 0.25 1 -47.6%
54 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.71 0.22 2 -71.0%
55 ARVE Research Sarl, Switzerland 0.20 2 N/A
56 Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRI), Switzerland 0.02 0.20 2 1,086.5%
57 Cantonal Hospital Baselland (KSBL), Switzerland 0.10 0.19 2 84.9%
58 Natural History Museum of Basel, Switzerland 0.11 0.18 2 53.4%
59 Omya International AG, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
59 Swiss Stem Cell Foundation (SSCF), Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
60 AO Foundation, Switzerland 0.16 2 N/A
61 GTX Medical SA, Switzerland 0.16 1 N/A
62 Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), Switzerland 0.02 0.14 1 601.1%
62 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.15 0.14 2 -7.0%
62 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 1.00 0.14 1 -86.5%
62 SpiroChem AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
62 Transfusion Interrégionale CRS SA, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
62 CRR Sion (SuvaCare), Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
63 Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Switzerland 0.15 0.14 3 -16.5%
64 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 0.26 0.14 4 -51.6%
65 MMOS SÀRL, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Stiftung Naturerbe Karst und Höhlen Obwalden (NeKO), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Campus Biotech, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Creoptix AG, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
66 Zurich Instruments AG, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
67 Centre de Coordination pour la Protection des Amphibiens et Reptiles de Suisse (KARCH), Switzerland 0.12 0.11 4 -11.9%
68 Crystallise! AG, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
68 Zoo Basel, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
69 Liebherr-International AG, Switzerland 0.10 0.10 1 -5.6%
69 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.29 0.10 1 -67.3%
69 Haelixa, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
69 Vifor Pharma Ltd., Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
69 Ecosens AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
70 ID Quantique SA, Switzerland 0.09 2 N/A
71 Structural Biology Comunity länggasse (SBCL), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
71 LimmaTech Biologics AG, Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
72 Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland (NSI), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
73 Dectris Ltd., Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
73 Concept Clinic, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
73 BestMile SA, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
74 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.03 0.08 2 198.2%
75 Evatec AG, Switzerland 0.14 0.07 1 -52.8%
75 Fasteris SA, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
75 Stadt Zurüch Hochbaudepartement (HBD), Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
76 Micropat SA, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
76 Skope Magnetic Resonance Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
77 Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
78 Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.17 0.06 1 -66.7%
78 Klinik Barmelweid, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
79 Biognosys AG, Switzerland 0.06 0.06 1 -16.1%
79 International Cancer Prevention Institute (ICPI), Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
79 Dualsystems Biotech AG, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
80 Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
81 Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
82 Praxisgemeinschaft Feldstrasse, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
83 IT'IS Foundation, Switzerland 0.21 0.04 1 -80.6%
84 rqmicro AG, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
84 CSD Ingenieure AG, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
84 PolyGene AG, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
85 Urban Ecology and Wildlife Research (SWILD), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
86 Qualitas AG, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
87 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
87 Neurix SA, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
88 Galderma S.A., Switzerland 0.03 0.03 1 -12.9%
89 Eclosion Foundation, Switzerland 0.17 0.03 1 -83.3%
89 LIGENTEC SA, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
89 MesenFlow Technologies SARL, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
90 MWSchmid GmbH, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
91 Kantonsspital Lucerne, Switzerland 0.10 0.02 2 -79.8%
92 Cantonal Institute of Microbiology (ICM), Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
92 Ostschweizer Kinderspital, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
92 Positive Council Switzerland, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
92 Kantonsspital Aarau AG, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
92 Clinique de La Source, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
93 Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Switzerland 0.02 0.02 1 -5.6%
94 AC Immune S.A., Switzerland 0.07 0.02 1 -77.9%
95 Competence Center for Underwater Archaeology and Dendrochronology, STEZ, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
96 European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
97 Fondation Jean-Marcel Aubert, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
97 Bergwelten 21 AG, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
98 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
99 Archaeological Service Kanton Thurgau (AATG), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
100 International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG), Switzerland 0.02 0.00 1 -74.9%
101 Felix Platter-Hospital, Switzerland 0.00 2 N/A
102 Psychiatrische Dienste Aargau AG (PDAG), Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A
103 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.01 0.00 3 -80.7%
103 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.01 0.00 3 -80.7%

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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.