2019 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 125.92 147.87 446 7.2%
2 Max Planck Society, Germany 25.88 35.61 157 25.6%
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 19.43 29.34 133 37.8%
4 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 18.46 24.84 87 22.8%
5 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 8.15 18.02 41 101.9%
6 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 15.19 14.75 36 -11.4%
7 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 9.31 12.28 41 20.4%
8 University of Potsdam, Germany 7.61 11.96 69 43.6%
9 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 3.56 10.00 38 156.5%
10 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 8.46 9.10 45 -1.8%
11 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 5.49 8.38 32 39.2%
12 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 2.31 7.93 26 213.5%
13 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 8.12 7.14 27 -19.7%
14 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 5.48 6.86 27 14.2%
15 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 6.30 6.04 10 -12.5%
16 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 4.41 6.00 32 24.3%
17 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 4.65 5.48 20 7.5%
18 University of Oldenburg, Germany 4.79 5.18 20 -1.3%
19 German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany 2.90 5.14 7 61.4%
20 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 1.72 4.57 25 141.9%
21 University of Göttingen, Germany 2.09 4.34 22 89.5%
22 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 3.99 4.12 20 -5.8%
23 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 3.72 4.04 18 -0.8%
24 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 4.30 3.60 12 -23.6%
25 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 1.61 3.60 30 104.3%
26 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 1.76 3.31 29 71.9%
27 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 0.84 3.28 18 257.2%
28 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 7.92 2.98 17 -65.7%
29 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 0.53 2.66 7 360.2%
30 Leipzig University, Germany 2.34 2.29 32 -10.7%
31 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 1.97 2.22 9 3.1%
32 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 5.94 2.19 18 -66.4%
33 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 0.63 2.07 16 199.7%
34 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 0.36 1.47 25 273.0%
35 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 1.06 1.40 6 20.6%
36 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 2.48 1.37 9 -49.7%
37 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 4.55 1.36 3 -72.7%
38 Federal Environment Agency Germany (UBA), Germany 0.25 1.33 5 386.4%
39 DVGW - Water Technology Center (TZW), Germany 1.06 1.21 3 4.6%
40 Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany 0.93 1.20 7 18.0%
41 University of Konstanz, Germany 0.67 1.13 7 53.6%
42 BASF SE, Germany 1.01 1.11 5 0.3%
43 Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 1.80 1.05 7 -46.7%
44 University of Augsburg, Germany 0.21 1.01 4 330.4%
45 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 1.01 2 N/A
46 University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany 1.00 1 N/A
47 University of Stuttgart, Germany 1.01 0.98 7 -11.1%
48 Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (KWB), Germany 0.88 1 N/A
49 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 0.67 0.84 2 15.4%
50 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 0.21 0.84 9 267.3%
51 University of Kassel, Germany 0.50 0.77 4 41.0%
52 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 0.46 0.76 4 50.8%
53 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.71 1 N/A
54 University of Rostock, Germany 0.07 0.71 7 806.8%
55 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 0.42 0.67 3 47.0%
56 Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Germany 0.67 1 N/A
57 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 2.18 0.62 4 -74.0%
58 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 1.62 0.54 4 -69.5%
59 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 0.51 3 N/A
60 Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences (THI), Germany 0.46 3 N/A
61 European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany 0.26 0.45 2 57.5%
62 Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys), Germany 0.42 2 N/A
63 University of Hohenheim, Germany 0.79 0.42 4 -51.4%
64 University of Greifswald, Germany 0.06 0.41 4 520.2%
65 Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority (LGL), Germany 0.39 1 N/A
66 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 0.51 0.38 3 -31.9%
67 Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe (CVUA-MEL), Germany 0.38 1 N/A
68 Bielefeld University, Germany 0.02 0.35 3 1,356.2%
69 Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
69 TU Dortmund University, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
69 Westphalian University of Applied Sciences (WH), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
70 Bavarian Environment Agency (LfU), Germany 0.32 2 N/A
71 Global Climate Forum e.V. (GCF), Germany 0.27 0.32 2 6.1%
72 Association of Chinese Chemists and Chemical Engineers in Germany (GCCCD), Germany 0.30 3 N/A
73 ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany 0.02 0.29 1 1,569.0%
73 HYDRO-BIOS Apparatebau GmbH, Germany 0.29 1 N/A
74 Climate Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.18 0.28 3 39.0%
75 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 0.27 4 N/A
76 Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Germany 0.27 3 N/A
77 Allianz SE, Germany 0.00 0.25 1 33,717.3%
77 University of Wuppertal, Germany 0.17 0.25 1 36.9%
77 Deutsche Post Foundation, Germany 0.25 1 N/A
78 Ulm University, Germany 0.13 0.24 4 66.6%
79 Bayer AG, Germany 0.23 2 N/A
80 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 0.25 0.22 1 -18.9%
81 Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.35 0.20 1 -47.4%
81 Stadtentwässerung Kaiserslautern, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
81 Texplor Exploration and Environmental Technology GmbH, Germany 0.20 1 N/A
82 Stiftung Mercator, Germany 0.06 0.19 2 173.8%
83 Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
83 Freiburg Umweltschutzamt, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
84 Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU), Germany 0.16 2 N/A
85 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA), Germany 0.25 0.13 1 -54.4%
85 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
85 Gesellschaft für Materialprüfung und Geophysik mbH (GMUG), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
86 Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), Germany 0.09 0.11 3 12.0%
87 A.p.f. Aqua System AG, Germany 0.11 1 N/A
88 Hydra Network, Germany 0.11 1 N/A
89 State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG), Germany 0.03 0.10 1 173.8%
89 Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology (STMWI), Germany 0.10 0.10 1 -8.7%
89 MTU Aero Engines AG, Germany 0.10 0.10 1 -8.7%
89 Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG), Germany 0.10 0.10 1 -8.7%
89 Eusserthal Ecosystem Research Station (EERES), University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
89 United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), Germany 0.10 1 N/A
89 German Volcano Museum Lava Dome, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
90 State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe (SMNK), Germany 0.09 1 N/A
90 10° E Maritime Consulting, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
91 Institute of Avian Research "Vogelwarte Helgoland" (IAR), Germany 0.50 0.09 2 -84.4%
92 Allwetterzoo Münster, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
92 University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics (HTW Berlin), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
92 Ministeriums für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitalisierung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
92 Deutsche Börse Group, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
92 Parmenides Foundation, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
92 Patzold, Köbke Engineers GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
93 nowcast GmbH, Germany 0.07 1 N/A
94 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.22 0.07 1 -72.8%
95 Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Germany 0.68 0.06 1 -91.6%
95 Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), Germany 0.06 1 N/A
96 Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA), Germany 0.03 0.06 1 69.8%
97 Software Quality Systems (SQS) Group Limited, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
98 Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), Germany 0.05 1 N/A
98 Northwest German Forest Research Institute, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
98 Staatsbetrieb Sachsenforst (SBS), Germany 0.05 1 N/A
99 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 0.15 0.04 1 -75.2%
99 German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Germany 0.04 1 N/A
99 Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), Germany 0.04 1 N/A
99 Trier University, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
100 Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science (PANGAEA), Germany 0.04 1 N/A

Footnote

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