2020 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Sorbonne University, France 51.91 52.96 530 0.5%
2 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 36.29 35.23 372 -4.4%
3 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 20.99 22.52 283 5.7%
4 University of Paris, France 19.13 22.41 302 15.4%
5 University of Lyon, France 14.00 17.65 196 24.2%
6 University of Strasbourg, France 11.12 12.82 162 13.5%
7 École Polytechnique, France 7.81 11.78 181 48.6%
8 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 11.83 11.63 196 -3.1%
9 University of Toulouse, France 12.04 10.65 105 -12.9%
10 University of Bordeaux, France 10.72 10.23 70 -6.1%
11 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 11.50 10.11 174 -13.4%
12 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 8.33 9.38 144 10.8%
13 University of Montpellier, France 8.92 9.02 66 -0.4%
14 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 11.03 8.67 98 -22.5%
15 ESPCI ParisTech, France 6.33 8.35 102 30.1%
16 Collège de France, France 5.76 6.52 82 11.4%
17 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 4.23 6.22 55 44.9%
18 University of Lorraine (UL), France 4.67 5.53 30 16.6%
19 University of Lille Nord de France, France 3.65 4.82 36 30.0%
20 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 3.21 4.34 29 33.0%
21 Paris Observatory, France 4.22 3.95 113 -7.9%
22 University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France 1.49 3.02 21 99.3%
23 University of Orléans, France 2.54 2.93 21 13.5%
24 University of Savoy (USMB), France 2.47 2.79 135 11.4%
25 University Clermont Auvergne, France 3.36 2.54 123 -25.5%
26 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 1.40 2.32 15 62.8%
27 University of Nantes, France 1.61 2.25 40 37.1%
28 University of Burgundy, France 0.85 2.18 14 153.4%
29 Le Mans University, France 1.58 2.16 10 34.5%
30 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 1.37 2.01 22 44.0%
31 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 1.90 1.93 72 0.3%
32 University of Rennes 1, France 3.07 1.90 33 -38.9%
33 Gustave Eiffel University, France 0.68 1.65 14 139.5%
34 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 2.93 1.43 20 -52.0%
35 Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), France 1.91 1.38 39 -29.0%
36 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 0.75 1.33 13 74.1%
37 University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France 1.45 1.32 13 -10.9%
38 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), France 1.10 1.28 19 15.4%
39 CY Cergy Paris University, France 0.82 1.23 17 48.5%
40 University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France 0.12 1.17 3 852.6%
41 University Institute of France (IUF), France 1.62 1.17 13 -29.1%
42 Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training (ISEN), France 1.39 1.09 15 -22.5%
43 National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies (ENSMM), France 0.78 1.02 9 29.8%
44 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 2.69 1.01 13 -62.9%
45 University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), France 0.06 1.00 3 1,469.5%
46 University of Poitiers, France 0.27 0.96 4 253.9%
47 University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France 0.56 0.89 11 57.4%
48 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.47 0.81 7 -45.3%
49 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 1.52 0.75 14 -51.7%
50 École Centrale Lyon, France 0.68 0.74 12 8.1%
51 SIGMA Clermont, France 1.01 0.69 6 -33.1%
52 École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), France 1.35 0.68 16 -50.1%
53 Bretagne Loire University, France 0.34 0.67 35 92.0%
54 Paris Dauphine University, France 0.13 0.62 24 386.1%
55 University of Western Brittany (UBO), France 0.16 0.60 9 275.8%
56 École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), France 0.66 0.57 8 -15.0%
57 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
57 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
57 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
57 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
57 EDHEC Business School, France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
57 SKEMA Business School, France 0.61 0.56 66 -9.5%
58 University of Rouen, France 1.16 0.54 5 -54.3%
59 University of South Brittany (UBS), France 0.14 0.53 8 286.9%
60 Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA ParisTech), France 0.99 0.52 12 -48.8%
61 Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM), France 0.50 0.50 4 -2.5%
62 École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique de Lyon or (CPE Lyon), France 0.64 0.45 8 -29.8%
63 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), France 0.59 0.39 7 -35.4%
64 École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB), France 0.04 0.36 4 911.3%
65 AgroParisTech, France 0.13 0.36 6 165.3%
66 École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), France 0.22 0.36 29 63.5%
67 French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), France 0.34 22 N/A
68 Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France 0.27 0.32 2 19.0%
69 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 0.70 0.32 4 -55.3%
70 EPF - Graduate School of Engineering, France 0.29 3 N/A
71 University of Haute-Alsace (UHA), France 0.70 0.27 41 -62.4%
72 Centrale Graduate School, France 0.59 0.21 12 -65.5%
73 Artois University, France 0.05 0.20 4 275.0%
73 École Centrale de Lille, France 0.05 0.20 4 275.0%
74 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 0.21 0.17 7 -18.8%
75 École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE ParisTech), France 0.03 0.15 7 397.8%
76 École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne (ENSTA Bretagne), France 0.15 1 N/A
77 École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (ENTPE), France 0.04 0.13 2 222.1%
77 École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Saint-Etienne (ENISE), France 0.04 0.13 2 222.1%
78 University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), France 0.10 0.11 5 12.0%
78 University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), France 0.42 0.11 5 -73.8%
79 National Veterinary School of Alfort (ENVA), France 0.11 1 N/A
80 University of the French West Indies (UAG), France 0.39 0.09 2 -77.5%
81 School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), France 0.21 0.09 21 -59.9%
81 National Superior Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts (CNSAD), France 0.09 21 N/A
81 National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance (CNSMDP), France 0.09 21 N/A
81 École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image et du Son (La Fémis), France 0.09 21 N/A
81 Lycée Henri-IV, France 0.09 21 N/A
81 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), France 0.09 21 N/A
81 École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (E.N.S.A.D.), France 0.09 21 N/A
81 École Nationale des Chartes (ENC), France 0.09 21 N/A
82 École des Mines d'Alès (EMA), France 0.08 1 N/A
83 Centre des Etudes Supérieures Industrielles (CESI), France 0.07 1 N/A
84 HEC Paris, France 0.03 0.06 4 106.4%
85 University of La Rochelle, France 0.06 1 N/A
86 École Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA), France 0.06 1 N/A
87 French School of Public Health (EHESP), France 0.01 0.05 4 362.6%
88 University of Rennes 2, France 0.01 0.04 3 494.0%
89 University of Limoges (ULIM), France 0.52 0.04 1 -92.2%
89 Advanced National College of Applied Science and Technology (Enssat), France 0.04 1 N/A
90 Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche en Alimentation, Santé Animale, Sciences Agronomiques et de l'Environnement (VetAgro Sup), France 0.02 0.04 2 70.8%
91 University of Angers, France 0.27 0.03 2 -87.7%
92 École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Normandie (ENSA Normandie), France 0.01 0.03 1 175.9%
92 The University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD), France 0.03 0.03 2 5.1%
92 University of Le Havre, France 0.42 0.03 1 -92.1%
92 ECE Paris, France 0.03 1 N/A
92 Paul Valéry University (Montpellier III), France 0.03 2 N/A
93 Montpellier SupAgro, France 0.00 0.03 1 919.7%
94 École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ENAC), France 0.01 1 N/A
95 Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France 0.00 0.01 1 116.7%
95 National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), France 0.00 0.01 1 116.7%
95 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France 0.00 0.01 1 116.7%
96 University of Avignon, France 0.00 1 N/A
97 University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), France 0.00 1 N/A

Footnote

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