2019 tables: Institutions - life 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 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 37.99 43.43 161 6.3%
2 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 22.33 25.31 143 5.3%
3 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 19.78 23.80 128 11.9%
4 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium 11.97 13.17 41 2.3%
5 Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium 9.70 12.29 53 17.7%
6 University of Liège (ULg), Belgium 8.25 8.29 32 -6.6%
7 University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium 4.82 7.35 47 42.0%
8 Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium 3.31 5.08 29 42.7%
9 European Commission (EC), Belgium 0.24 1.82 6 615.1%
10 UCB S.A., Belgium 1.59 1.73 4 1.4%
11 University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium 0.71 1.49 6 94.3%
12 Walloon Excellence in Lifesciences and Biotechnology (WELBIO), Belgium 1.14 1.45 19 18.2%
13 Argenx SE, Belgium 0.05 1.06 2 2,072.9%
14 Science Europe AISBL, Belgium 1.00 1 N/A
15 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium 0.72 0.95 6 22.1%
16 Hasselt University (UHasselt), Belgium 0.18 0.53 7 175.9%
17 Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium 0.05 0.31 2 477.7%
18 Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium 1.52 0.30 5 -81.7%
19 Shire-Movetis NV, Belgium 0.27 1 N/A
20 University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium 0.42 0.26 6 -42.8%
21 Hôpital André Vésale, CHU de Charleroi, Belgium 0.23 1 N/A
22 GasthuisZusters Antwerpen (GZA), Belgium 0.07 0.17 3 121.7%
23 Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (CODA-CERVA), Belgium 0.17 1 N/A
24 The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (RZSA), Belgium 0.13 2 N/A
25 Jkb Consult Inc SPRL, Belgium 0.13 1 N/A
26 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium 0.11 3 N/A
27 Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium 0.15 0.10 1 -40.4%
28 Laboratory of Dynamics in Biological Systems, KU Leuven, Belgium 0.10 0.09 1 -15.5%
29 Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium 0.21 0.08 2 -64.6%
30 Diagenode s.a., Belgium 0.07 1 N/A
30 Quality Assistance S.A., Belgium 0.07 1 N/A
31 Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium 0.06 0.06 1 -7.0%
31 Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), Belgium 0.12 0.06 1 -49.6%
32 Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP), Belgium 0.05 1 N/A
33 Institute of Pathology and Genetics (IPG), Belgium 0.07 0.04 1 -44.7%
34 Candriam Belgium S.A., Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
34 HistoGeneX NV, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
35 Procter & Gamble (P&G) België, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
36 CHU Dinant Godinne, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
36 De Meyts R&D Consulting SPRLU, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
37 Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium 0.05 0.02 1 -69.0%
38 AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV, Belgium 0.01 1 N/A
39 Breast International Group (BIG), Belgium 0.02 0.00 1 -75.3%
40 Galapagos N.V., Belgium 0.01 0.00 2 -88.5%

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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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.