2020 tables: Institutions

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 Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium 105.14 108.96 326 0.2%
2 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 84.39 75.76 321 -13.2%
3 Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium 29.80 34.84 175 13.1%
4 Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium 38.34 32.39 201 -18.3%
5 University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium 29.29 31.88 200 5.3%
6 Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Belgium 27.45 24.12 156 -15.0%
7 University of Liège (ULg), Belgium 22.21 23.22 103 1.1%
8 Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium 16.95 21.18 166 20.8%
9 University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium 9.67 10.85 35 8.5%
10 International Solvay Institutes, Belgium 11.76 9.04 38 -25.7%
11 Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium 11.20 7.03 38 -39.3%
12 University of Namur (UNamur), Belgium 4.90 5.19 19 2.4%
13 Hasselt University (UHasselt), Belgium 3.39 5.11 31 45.7%
14 European Commission (EC), Belgium 12.70 4.75 29 -63.8%
15 UCB S.A., Belgium 5.32 3.72 24 -32.3%
16 Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Belgium 2.36 2.30 12 -5.7%
17 Walloon Excellence in Lifesciences and Biotechnology (WELBIO), Belgium 1.60 1.59 16 -3.6%
18 European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF), Belgium 3.17 1.51 10 -54.0%
19 Solvay S.A., Belgium 0.69 1.50 8 109.2%
20 Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Belgium 0.08 1.10 5 1,231.6%
21 Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), Belgium 0.21 0.97 5 341.8%
22 Sciensano, Belgium 0.89 3 N/A
23 Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - Remote Sensing and Earth Observation Processes (TAP), Belgium 0.49 0.89 8 75.5%
24 Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), Belgium 1.21 0.84 10 -32.9%
25 Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium 0.40 0.83 4 102.5%
26 Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium 1.30 0.66 10 -50.5%
27 Flanders Hydraulics Research, Belgium 0.58 2 N/A
28 Flanders Make, Belgium 0.48 0.53 2 6.8%
29 Umicore N.V., Belgium 0.81 0.51 3 -38.8%
30 National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (INCC), Belgium 0.86 0.43 2 -51.2%
31 Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium 1.59 0.41 3 -74.8%
32 Farys CVBA, Belgium 0.38 1 N/A
33 PharmaFluidics, Belgium 0.30 1 N/A
34 CHU Dinant Godinne, Belgium 0.03 0.30 2 1,046.3%
35 Haute École Louvain en Hainaut (HELHa), Belgium 0.29 1 N/A
36 Nationaal Geografisch Instituut (NGI), Belgium 0.29 1 N/A
37 The Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (RZSA), Belgium 0.13 0.28 3 113.9%
38 Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium 0.31 0.25 3 -21.4%
39 Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Belgium 0.25 1 N/A
40 Argenx SE, Belgium 1.06 0.20 1 -81.8%
40 Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH), Belgium 0.20 1 N/A
40 Camco Technologies, Belgium 0.20 1 N/A
40 JSR Micro N.V., Belgium 0.20 1 N/A
41 Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg a.v., Belgium 0.18 1 N/A
42 Research Institute for Chromatography (R.I.C.), Belgium 0.17 1 N/A
43 Marlinks NV, Belgium 0.14 1 N/A
44 HistoGeneX NV, Belgium 0.03 0.14 1 306.3%
45 Scladina Cave Archaeological Center, Belgium 0.14 1 N/A
46 Provincial Institute for Hygiene, Belgium 0.13 1 N/A
47 Aveve Biochem NV, Belgium 0.13 1 N/A
48 GasthuisZusters Antwerpen (GZA), Belgium 0.17 0.12 4 -33.4%
49 reMYND, Belgium 0.11 1 N/A
49 Aspect Analytics NV, Belgium 0.11 1 N/A
50 Chemtrix B.V., Belgium 0.11 5 N/A
51 NanoMEGAS SPRL, Belgium 0.10 2 N/A
52 Diploid, Belgium 0.09 2 N/A
53 Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium 0.08 1 N/A
53 Epics Therapeutics, Belgium 0.08 1 N/A
53 Euroscreen S.A., Belgium 0.08 1 N/A
54 AZ Jan Portaels, Belgium 0.08 1 N/A
55 Syngulon SA, Belgium 0.06 1 N/A
56 Confo Therapeutics SA, Belgium 0.13 0.04 1 -67.8%
57 ASZ Aalst, Belgium 0.04 1 N/A
58 Histories vzw, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
59 CHU UCL Namur - Sainte-Elisabeth Hospital, Belgium 0.03 1 N/A
60 Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen (ZNA), Belgium 0.02 2 N/A
61 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium 0.11 0.02 2 -79.5%
62 Vereniging Voor Sterrenkunde, Meteorologie, Geofysica en Aanverwante Wetenschappen (VVS), Belgium 0.02 0.02 1 7.6%
63 Materialise NV, Belgium 0.03 0.02 2 -37.2%
64 Intermunicipal Public Health of the Charleroi (ISPPC), Belgium 0.02 1 N/A
65 Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO), Belgium 0.06 0.01 1 -76.0%
66 AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV, Belgium 0.01 0.01 1 47.4%
67 Flanders Heritage Agency, Belgium 0.01 1 N/A
68 Ablynx N.V., Belgium 0.01 1 N/A
69 Galapagos N.V., Belgium 0.00 0.00 2 326.9%
70 Flemish Agency for Care and Health, Belgium 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.