2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 61.98 73.17 299 17.4%
2 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 49.87 47.31 241 -5.7%
3 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 37.39 42.61 178 13.3%
4 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 31.56 37.72 158 18.8%
5 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 49.95 36.41 167 -27.5%
6 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 26.94 33.71 293 24.4%
7 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 32.48 32.23 213 -1.4%
8 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 25.94 32.17 139 23.3%
9 University of Göttingen, Germany 38.87 29.58 151 -24.3%
10 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 27.56 28.03 127 1.1%
11 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 22.08 27.76 151 25.0%
12 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 20.85 27.69 115 32.0%
13 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 29.36 26.47 276 -10.4%
14 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 23.74 19.95 69 -16.4%
15 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 23.74 18.36 140 -23.1%
16 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 25.30 17.54 92 -31.1%
17 Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany 20.68 16.19 90 -22.2%
18 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 13.55 14.46 75 6.1%
19 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 19.35 13.78 80 -29.2%
20 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 13.69 13.21 93 -4.0%
21 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 11.25 13.08 60 15.6%
22 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 14.60 13.07 72 -11.0%
23 Ulm University, Germany 14.02 12.72 62 -9.8%
24 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 8.52 11.46 64 33.8%
25 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 8.84 11.26 36 26.6%
26 University of Konstanz, Germany 8.45 11.15 36 31.2%
27 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 15.97 11.10 48 -30.9%
28 Leipzig University, Germany 8.05 9.49 82 17.1%
29 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 11.78 8.40 64 -29.1%
30 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 5.49 7.11 23 28.8%
31 University of Potsdam, Germany 4.78 7.07 55 46.9%
32 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 10.28 6.95 75 -32.8%
33 University of Lübeck, Germany 6.70 6.61 79 -1.9%
34 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 7.07 6.42 59 -9.8%
35 University of Greifswald, Germany 6.70 5.65 49 -16.1%
36 University of Kaiserslautern (TU Kaiserslautern), Germany 5.79 4.50 13 -22.8%
37 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 7.12 4.43 57 -38.1%
38 Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), Germany 6.20 4.16 34 -33.2%
39 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 7.74 3.49 12 -55.1%
40 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 2.96 3.34 21 12.4%
41 Bielefeld University, Germany 5.37 3.12 18 -42.3%
42 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 2.69 3.02 12 11.8%
43 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 3.89 3.01 24 -23.2%
44 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 5.05 2.96 29 -41.6%
45 University of Oldenburg, Germany 4.51 2.85 19 -37.2%
46 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 3.95 2.66 14 -33.0%
47 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 3.86 1.89 11 -51.2%
48 University of Rostock, Germany 1.12 1.51 13 34.1%
49 University of Stuttgart, Germany 3.67 1.48 9 -59.8%
50 University of Hohenheim, Germany 2.25 1.22 11 -46.1%
51 Institute for Advanced Study Berlin, Germany 0.20 0.98 4 395.6%
52 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 3.11 0.88 9 -71.8%
53 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 2.78 0.88 7 -68.5%
54 TU Dortmund University, Germany 0.38 0.82 5 113.3%
55 University of Kassel, Germany 1.64 0.76 3 -54.2%
56 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 0.48 1 N/A
57 Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H), Germany 0.14 0.47 5 232.5%
58 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 0.54 0.42 2 -21.3%
59 University of Hildesheim, Germany 0.42 2 N/A
60 University of Mannheim, Germany 0.02 0.35 7 1,540.6%
61 Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz), Germany 0.81 0.33 1 -59.3%
62 University of Passau, Germany 0.25 0.20 1 -20.5%
63 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 0.06 0.18 3 182.4%
64 Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
64 University of Bamberg, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
64 University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
65 Brandenburg Medical School - Theodor Fontane (MHB), Germany 0.06 0.16 2 167.6%
66 German Sport University Cologne (GSU), Germany 0.33 0.14 2 -59.6%
67 Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
68 Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.12 2 N/A
69 Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU), Germany 0.01 0.11 2 1,571.6%
70 University of Applied Sciences (TH Köln), Germany 0.02 0.10 1 317.6%
71 Westphalian University of Applied Sciences (WH), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
72 Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
73 Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.06 2 N/A
74 University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern, Germany 0.06 2 N/A
75 Kiel University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.05 1 N/A
76 Trier University, Germany 1.00 0.05 3 -95.3%
77 Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (FHE), Germany 0.05 1 N/A
77 Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden), Germany 0.05 1 N/A
78 Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen), Germany 0.04 1 N/A
79 Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.04 1 N/A
80 University of Applied Management Studies (HdWM), Germany 0.03 1 N/A
81 University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany 0.03 1 N/A
82 Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences (THM), Germany 0.08 0.02 4 -69.1%
83 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 0.01 0.02 1 140.1%
83 Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany 0.02 1 N/A
84 Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG), Germany 0.01 1 N/A
85 Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH), Germany 0.04 0.01 2 -70.7%
86 University of Augsburg, Germany 0.03 0.01 3 -69.1%
87 University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (FOM), Germany 0.00 1 N/A
88 Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.00 1 N/A
89 University of Wuppertal, Germany 0.00 1 N/A
89 Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany 0.00 1 N/A

Footnote

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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.