2019 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 144.79 168.10 469 9.8%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 91.36 97.61 304 1.0%
3 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 55.38 69.35 434 18.4%
4 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 29.42 37.55 279 20.7%
5 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 40.72 35.69 187 -17.1%
6 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 28.04 28.67 218 -3.3%
7 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 31.11 25.08 63 -23.8%
8 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 21.69 22.00 130 -4.1%
9 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 9.68 11.56 47 12.9%
10 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 9.51 8.13 47 -19.1%
11 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 1.76 1.71 5 -8.4%
12 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.78 1.65 6 99.5%
13 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 1.79 1.15 7 -39.0%
14 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.85 2 N/A
15 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 1.93 0.82 2 -59.6%
16 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 0.51 0.81 8 50.1%
17 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 0.55 3 N/A
18 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 0.90 0.52 4 -45.9%
19 Xsensio SA, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
20 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 0.25 0.38 1 41.8%
21 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 0.31 2 N/A
22 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 0.19 0.30 1 51.3%
23 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 1.45 0.27 6 -82.6%
24 SWISSto12 SA, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
25 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 0.23 2 N/A
26 Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland 0.18 1 N/A
27 Omya International AG, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
28 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.02 0.14 2 574.1%
28 CRR Sion (SuvaCare), Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
28 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
29 Zurich Instruments AG, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
30 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 0.02 0.11 1 425.3%
30 Zoo Basel, Switzerland 0.11 1 N/A
31 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering (Wyss Center), Switzerland 0.11 2 N/A
32 ID Quantique SA, Switzerland 0.09 2 N/A
33 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
34 BestMile SA, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
35 Evatec AG, Switzerland 0.14 0.07 1 -52.7%
36 Micropat SA, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
37 Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.17 0.06 1 -66.6%
38 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 0.02 0.05 2 156.6%
39 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
40 LIGENTEC SA, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
41 Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL), Switzerland 0.02 0.02 1 -5.4%
42 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 0.49 0.02 1 -96.8%

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.