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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 418.68 403.35 1,051 -6.8%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 223.85 268.84 642 16.2%
3 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 132.16 136.44 659 -0.1%
4 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 111.19 114.79 366 -0.1%
5 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 96.00 106.46 349 7.3%
6 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 57.72 64.91 206 8.8%
7 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 74.08 62.85 313 -17.9%
8 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 69.50 53.23 351 -25.9%
9 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 46.91 52.25 261 7.8%
10 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 57.50 47.80 144 -19.6%
11 Novartis International AG, Switzerland 31.42 39.09 143 20.3%
12 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 25.59 32.75 101 23.8%
13 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 28.67 31.07 100 4.8%
14 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 30.92 30.33 89 -5.1%
15 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 9.79 9.90 103 -2.1%
16 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 7.98 9.35 31 13.2%
17 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 6.39 8.67 48 31.3%
18 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 8.71 7.06 22 -21.6%
19 University Children's Hospital Basel (UKBB), Switzerland 3.86 5.73 53 43.8%
20 Agroscope, Switzerland 4.56 5.44 14 15.5%
21 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 1.74 4.76 40 165.1%
22 Nestlé S.A., Switzerland 1.19 3.45 10 179.1%
23 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 3.65 3.03 10 -19.8%
24 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 1.39 2.74 10 90.1%
25 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.26 2.31 5 77.1%
26 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.49 1.92 19 277.6%
27 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 1.37 1.85 8 30.9%
28 Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland 0.89 1.57 9 70.1%
29 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 1.35 1.36 4 -2.5%
30 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 1.11 3 N/A
31 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 1.53 1.02 5 -35.8%
32 University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Switzerland 0.61 1.01 2 60.0%
33 SGS SA, Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
34 Nouscom AG, Switzerland 0.87 1 N/A
35 Philochem AG, Switzerland 0.25 0.75 1 185.7%
36 STMicroelectronics N.V., Switzerland 0.28 0.70 11 144.2%
37 AO Foundation, Switzerland 0.16 0.70 2 313.6%
38 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.92 0.68 8 -29.2%
39 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 0.14 0.67 3 377.5%
40 Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Switzerland 0.08 0.66 3 694.7%
41 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 0.14 0.57 2 286.9%
42 SpiroChem AG, Switzerland 0.14 0.56 2 276.2%
43 Polyphor Ltd., Switzerland 0.53 1 N/A
44 Gymnase Français de Bienne, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
44 Mettler-Toledo International Inc., Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
45 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 1.02 0.49 3 -53.3%
46 Amt für Mittel- und Hochschulen (AMH) Thurgau, Switzerland 0.39 0.47 4 17.2%
47 Clariant International Ltd., Switzerland 0.43 2 N/A
48 Space Exploration Institute (SPACE-X), Switzerland 0.29 0.42 2 38.2%
49 Biosynth AG, Switzerland 0.40 1 N/A
49 International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland 0.40 1 N/A
50 Nanolive SA, Switzerland 0.38 1 N/A
51 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.29 0.37 4 24.4%
52 ABB Ltd., Switzerland 1.01 0.35 5 -66.5%
53 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 0.40 0.33 4 -20.4%
54 Micos Engineering GmbH, Switzerland 0.32 1 N/A
55 Alemnis GmbH, Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
56 Centre Suisse d'Electronique et Microtechnique SA (CSEM SA), Switzerland 1.30 0.28 2 -78.8%
57 FLUXiM AG, Switzerland 0.27 1 N/A
58 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.27 2 N/A
59 Lonza Group Ltd., Switzerland 0.25 0.25 6 -2.2%
60 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.10 0.25 1 141.8%
60 Risk&Safety AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
60 Dottikon Exclusive Synthesis AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
61 Biognosys AG, Switzerland 0.06 0.24 2 310.4%
62 Omya International AG, Switzerland 0.17 0.23 2 30.6%
63 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.25 0.22 3 -16.4%
64 Swiss Epilepsy Centre (EPI), Switzerland 0.21 1 N/A
65 Spectroswiss Sarl, Switzerland 0.38 0.20 1 -48.4%
65 Kantonsschule Obwalden, Switzerland 0.20 1 N/A
66 Cantonal Hospital Baselland (KSBL), Switzerland 0.19 0.19 3 -3.9%
67 rqmicro AG, Switzerland 0.04 0.18 1 322.1%
68 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Switzerland 0.01 0.17 1 1,641.1%
68 LakeDiamond SA, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
68 SR Technics Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
68 Novimmune SA, Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
68 Swiss Distance Learning University, Switzerland 0.17 2 N/A
69 Neurimmune Holding AG, Switzerland 0.33 0.17 2 -51.9%
70 CrystMat Company, Switzerland 0.16 2 N/A
71 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.14 0.16 4 5.4%
72 Swiss Goat Breeding Association (SZZV), Switzerland 0.15 1 N/A
73 AC Immune S.A., Switzerland 0.02 0.15 2 816.5%
74 SensArs Neuroprosthetics Sàrl, Switzerland 0.15 2 N/A
75 Natural History Museum of Basel, Switzerland 0.18 0.14 1 -23.5%
75 Gloor Instruments AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
75 Metrohm AG, Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
76 Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRI), Switzerland 0.20 0.13 3 -37.5%
77 enviBee GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
77 Swiss Terahertz GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
77 Roman Site and Museum Avenches, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
78 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.22 0.12 2 -46.0%
79 Galderma S.A., Switzerland 0.03 0.12 1 266.8%
80 Christine Kühne – Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), Switzerland 0.06 0.11 2 84.3%
81 Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Switzerland 0.11 3 N/A
82 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Switzerland 0.10 2 N/A
83 Ichnos Sciences, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
83 BluAct Technologies GmbH, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
83 Nemis Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
83 Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
83 The Beyeler Foundation, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
84 Spirochrome AG, Switzerland 0.09 1 N/A
85 Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Switzerland 0.14 0.09 3 -38.0%
86 Department of Wildlife and Fishery Service Grison, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
86 Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
86 Berne University of Teacher Education, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
86 AiNet GmbH, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
87 Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland 0.37 0.08 2 -79.7%
88 Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.06 0.08 1 26.5%
88 ProSpecieRara, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
88 Viventis Microscopy Sàrl, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
88 Malcisbo AG, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
89 GeNeuro SA, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
89 Selexis SA, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
90 Naturmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland 0.07 2 N/A
91 Kleintierpraxis Laupeneck, Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
92 Centre de Gastroentérologie Beaulieu SA (GESB), Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
93 HiQScreen, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
94 Botanical Garden Neuchâtel, Switzerland 0.06 2 N/A
95 Centre de Coordination pour la Protection des Amphibiens et Reptiles de Suisse (KARCH), Switzerland 0.11 0.06 1 -51.7%
96 PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
96 RMS Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
97 Ostschweizer Kinderspital, Switzerland 0.02 0.05 3 117.4%
98 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
99 University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education (HfH), Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
100 GZO Spital Wetzikon, Switzerland 0.05 2 N/A
101 Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering (Wyss Center), Switzerland 0.27 0.04 1 -83.9%
102 St. Claraspital AG, Switzerland 0.33 0.04 2 -87.2%
103 Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Switzerland 0.60 0.04 1 -93.0%
104 Kantonsspital Aarau AG, Switzerland 0.02 0.04 2 88.4%
105 Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
105 Cantonal Hospital of Winterthur (KSW), Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
106 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.04 2 N/A
107 MicroR Systems Sarl, Switzerland 0.04 1 N/A
108 Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Switzerland 0.05 0.03 1 -40.3%
109 State Archive Nidwalden, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
110 Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, Switzerland 0.05 0.03 1 -38.4%
110 Wellmera AG, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
111 Mintaka Foundation for Medical Research, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
112 Advanced Accelerator Technologies AG, Switzerland 0.03 1 N/A
113 AnaPath GmbH, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
114 International Cancer Prevention Institute (ICPI), Switzerland 0.06 0.02 1 -58.5%
115 Veterinary Anaesthesia Services (VAS) – International, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
116 GroundWork LLC, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
117 Therachon AG, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
118 Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Switzerland 0.56 0.01 1 -97.7%
119 Cantonal Institute of Microbiology (ICM), Switzerland 0.02 0.01 1 -43.5%
119 Positive Council Switzerland, Switzerland 0.02 0.01 1 -43.5%
120 San Giovanni Hospital, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
121 IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
122 ARA Region Bern AG, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
123 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
124 Mymetics S.A., Switzerland 0.00 0.01 2 102.2%
124 IPPOX Foundation, Switzerland 0.00 0.01 2 102.2%
125 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.28 0.00 1 -98.9%
126 Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel (UPKBS), Switzerland 0.51 0.00 1 -99.5%
127 Lamprecht und Stamm Sozialforschung und Beratung AG (L&S), Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A

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.