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 Max Planck Society, Germany 276.51 292.77 1,035 -1.6%
2 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 107.87 109.63 717 -5.5%
3 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 72.10 61.98 268 -20.1%
4 Leibniz Association, Germany 45.00 54.23 334 12.0%
5 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 33.49 49.95 201 38.7%
6 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 58.41 49.87 235 -20.6%
7 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 42.00 47.77 233 5.7%
8 University of Göttingen, Germany 24.15 38.87 144 49.6%
9 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 44.83 37.39 145 -22.5%
10 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 31.70 32.48 202 -4.7%
11 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 25.28 31.56 124 16.1%
12 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 25.30 29.36 280 7.9%
13 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 31.05 27.56 113 -17.5%
14 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 29.67 26.94 276 -15.6%
15 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 26.65 25.94 109 -9.5%
16 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 19.83 25.30 100 18.6%
17 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 18.50 23.74 131 19.3%
18 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 15.89 23.74 80 38.9%
19 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 20.26 22.08 127 1.3%
20 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 30.74 20.85 106 -36.9%
21 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 12.60 20.68 87 52.6%
22 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 17.23 19.35 89 4.4%
23 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 7.41 15.97 49 100.3%
24 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 17.30 14.60 70 -21.5%
25 Ulm University, Germany 8.07 14.02 66 61.5%
26 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 11.81 13.69 93 7.8%
27 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 17.10 13.55 62 -26.4%
28 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 10.48 11.78 76 4.5%
29 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 8.63 11.25 55 21.2%
30 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 8.40 10.28 80 13.8%
31 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 6.33 8.84 42 29.8%
32 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 5.96 8.52 66 32.8%
33 University of Konstanz, Germany 3.64 8.45 34 115.5%
34 Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB), Germany 5.27 8.21 27 44.9%
35 Leipzig University, Germany 12.65 8.05 86 -40.8%
36 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 6.91 7.74 19 4.1%
37 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 5.73 7.12 59 15.5%
38 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 3.70 7.07 44 77.8%
39 University of Greifswald, Germany 5.10 6.70 51 22.1%
40 University of Lübeck, Germany 5.39 6.70 88 15.6%
41 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 6.18 6.20 34 -6.8%
42 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 1.13 5.79 16 374.4%
43 Bielefeld University, Germany 3.54 5.37 15 40.9%
44 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 1.54 5.05 25 205.0%
45 University of Potsdam, Germany 4.51 4.78 42 -1.4%
46 University of Oldenburg, Germany 3.86 4.51 16 8.6%
47 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 3.58 3.95 17 2.3%
48 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 4.62 3.89 18 -21.6%
49 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 3.46 3.86 19 3.6%
50 University of Stuttgart, Germany 3.10 3.67 11 9.9%
51 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 2.82 3.11 20 2.4%
52 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 3.34 2.96 15 -17.7%
53 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 1.40 2.78 6 84.1%
54 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 2.26 2.69 11 10.9%
55 University of Hohenheim, Germany 5.08 2.25 11 -58.9%
56 Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR), Germany 2.10 2.09 13 -7.6%
57 Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH), Germany 1.81 2.07 14 6.0%
58 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 1.40 1.78 22 17.8%
59 Bayer AG, Germany 1.87 1.74 27 -13.5%
60 Merck KGaA, Germany 1.85 1.72 13 -13.5%
61 University of Kassel, Germany 0.35 1.64 4 336.0%
62 German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), Germany 1.23 1.60 64 20.6%
63 Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), Germany 0.68 1.43 12 96.2%
64 C. H. Boehringer Sohn AG & Co. KG (Boehringer Ingelheim), Germany 2.30 1.41 15 -43.2%
65 Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Germany 0.33 1.20 15 241.9%
66 University of Rostock, Germany 1.72 1.12 15 -39.2%
67 Siemens AG, Germany 0.54 1.11 10 90.6%
68 German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Germany 1.04 1.08 36 -3.3%
69 Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI), Germany 1.49 1.04 15 -34.8%
70 Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Germany 0.39 1.04 6 146.1%
71 The German Center for Lung Research (DZL), Germany 0.53 1.03 23 82.5%
72 Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), Germany 0.17 1.02 7 458.1%
73 Trier University, Germany 1.00 2 N/A
74 BASF SE, Germany 0.20 0.92 6 325.3%
75 Georg-Speyer-Haus - Institute for Tumor Biology and Experimental Therapy, Germany 1.09 0.84 10 -28.4%
76 Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany 0.13 0.81 2 496.1%
77 European X-ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL), Germany 0.03 0.81 4 2,681.0%
78 Germany Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), Germany 0.80 0.73 15 -15.1%
79 State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt (LDA-SA), Germany 0.21 0.71 3 215.5%
80 BioNTech AG, Germany 1.49 0.66 6 -58.8%
81 Proteros Biostructures GmbH, Germany 0.60 2 N/A
82 Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH, Germany 0.04 0.59 3 1,221.7%
83 Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Germany 0.07 0.59 9 635.2%
84 Monasterium Laboratory Skin and Hair Research Solutions GmbH, Germany 0.59 2 N/A
85 Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Germany 0.63 0.56 2 -18.5%
86 Benedikt Kreutz Rehabilitationszentrum Bad Krozingen e.V., Germany 0.19 0.54 5 162.6%
87 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 0.71 0.54 4 -30.2%
88 Deutsche Post Foundation, Germany 0.61 0.51 4 -21.8%
89 Agrecol e.V., Germany 0.50 1 N/A
89 Parmenides Foundation, Germany 0.50 2 N/A
90 Asklepios Kliniken GmbH, Germany 0.42 0.46 15 2.1%
91 Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Germany 1.29 0.46 24 -67.2%
92 Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI), Germany 0.44 4 N/A
93 Institute of Marine Biotechnology e.V. (IMaB), Germany 0.44 4 N/A
94 Surflay Nanotec GmbH, Germany 0.43 1 N/A
95 TU Dortmund University, Germany 1.75 0.38 4 -79.7%
96 German Sport University Cologne (GSU), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
96 Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (TH Wildau), Germany 0.33 1 N/A
97 Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany 0.32 2 N/A
98 Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History (SMNS), Germany 0.04 0.32 4 583.0%
99 Dietmar Hopp Stiftung gGmbH, Germany 0.54 0.32 8 -44.5%
100 Carl Zeiss AG, Germany 0.31 3 N/A

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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.