2020 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

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 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 147.87 119.54 403 -21.6%
2 Max Planck Society, Germany 35.61 34.33 158 -6.6%
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 29.34 26.57 120 -12.2%
4 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 14.75 16.52 39 8.6%
5 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 24.84 14.30 57 -44.2%
6 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 18.02 14.12 34 -24.1%
7 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 7.14 13.16 42 78.5%
8 University of Potsdam, Germany 11.96 12.53 68 1.5%
9 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 9.10 10.72 50 14.2%
10 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 12.28 10.71 46 -15.5%
11 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 6.00 10.23 37 65.3%
12 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 8.38 8.92 35 3.2%
13 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 10.00 8.19 33 -20.6%
14 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 5.48 7.66 15 35.5%
15 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 4.12 7.60 30 78.7%
16 German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany 5.14 6.77 13 27.7%
17 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 7.93 6.49 24 -20.7%
18 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 2.19 6.46 24 186.5%
19 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 2.22 5.53 16 141.3%
20 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 6.86 5.47 23 -22.7%
21 University of Göttingen, Germany 4.34 4.22 27 -5.7%
22 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 4.04 4.18 16 0.4%
23 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 2.07 3.95 18 84.7%
24 Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany 1.20 3.62 16 192.4%
25 University of Hohenheim, Germany 0.42 3.34 7 672.8%
26 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 2.98 3.26 13 6.1%
27 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 3.60 2.89 14 -22.1%
28 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 6.04 2.84 7 -54.4%
29 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 3.60 2.47 25 -33.5%
30 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 1.37 2.47 10 74.8%
31 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 4.57 2.45 23 -48.1%
32 University of Konstanz, Germany 1.13 2.43 5 107.4%
33 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 3.28 2.33 10 -31.2%
34 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 0.38 2.30 5 483.5%
35 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 1.36 1.98 5 41.4%
36 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 3.31 1.80 27 -47.3%
37 University of Oldenburg, Germany 5.18 1.78 14 -66.7%
38 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 2.66 1.67 4 -39.0%
39 Leipzig University, Germany 2.29 1.66 30 -29.9%
40 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 0.67 1.50 3 115.4%
41 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 1.47 1.48 24 -2.4%
42 Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Germany 0.27 1.48 2 439.9%
43 Federal Environment Agency Germany (UBA), Germany 1.33 1.17 3 -14.7%
44 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.71 1.00 2 35.7%
44 University of Kassel, Germany 0.77 1.00 1 25.5%
44 Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (KWB), Germany 0.88 1.00 2 10.8%
45 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 0.54 0.94 8 68.2%
46 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 1.40 0.87 8 -40.0%
47 University of Stuttgart, Germany 0.98 0.83 6 -17.8%
48 Ford-Werke GmbH, Germany 0.81 1 N/A
49 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 0.84 0.81 8 -6.5%
50 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 0.62 0.76 4 19.1%
51 Trier University, Germany 0.04 0.76 2 1,661.2%
52 Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences (HS PF), Germany 0.75 1 N/A
52 NewClimate Institute, Germany 0.75 1 N/A
53 DVGW - Water Technology Center (TZW), Germany 1.21 0.70 3 -43.9%
54 University of Wuppertal, Germany 0.25 0.70 6 171.6%
55 Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 1.05 0.66 5 -39.2%
56 University of Greifswald, Germany 0.41 0.61 4 46.3%
57 Research Institute for Ecosystem Analysis and Assessment (GAIAC), Germany 0.60 1 N/A
58 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 0.51 0.60 5 12.9%
59 University of Siegen, Germany 0.52 2 N/A
60 Bundeswehr, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
61 University of Rostock, Germany 0.71 0.49 4 -32.5%
62 German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R), Germany 0.48 1 N/A
63 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 0.22 0.44 3 91.1%
64 Thünen Institute, Germany 0.02 0.43 3 1,641.5%
65 Climate Risk Analysis, Germany 0.42 2 N/A
66 University of Augsburg, Germany 1.01 0.40 3 -61.5%
67 HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Germany 0.01 0.40 1 5,444.3%
68 Senckenberg am Meer, Germany 0.39 2 N/A
69 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA), Germany 0.13 0.31 1 140.0%
70 Ulm University, Germany 0.24 0.31 5 24.7%
71 Climate Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.28 0.31 2 7.7%
72 Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), Germany 0.11 0.30 3 162.4%
73 Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority (LGL), Germany 0.39 0.30 1 -25.2%
74 Stiftung Mercator, Germany 0.19 0.29 1 50.8%
75 RheinEnergie AG, Germany 0.28 1 N/A
76 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 0.27 2 N/A
77 Clausthal University of Technology (TU Clausthal), Germany 0.26 2 N/A
78 European X-ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL), Germany 0.26 3 N/A
79 Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany 0.02 0.25 3 1,165.1%
80 Bavarian Environment Agency (LfU), Germany 0.32 0.23 2 -31.3%
81 Hydrotox - Labor für Ökotoxikologie und Gewässerschutz GmbH, Germany 0.22 1 N/A
82 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 0.04 0.21 2 398.5%
83 Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA), Germany 0.06 0.20 2 235.4%
84 Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Germany 0.67 0.20 1 -70.9%
85 Deutsche Post Foundation, Germany 0.25 0.19 2 -24.6%
86 Karl Schwarzschild Observatory (TLS), Germany 0.17 3 N/A
87 Global Climate Forum e.V. (GCF), Germany 0.32 0.17 1 -48.8%
87 Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research (NIHK), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
87 Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
87 Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
87 European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
87 Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
88 Inversion Lab (iLab), Germany 0.14 1 N/A
88 Xylem Services GmbH, Germany 0.14 1 N/A
89 Bielefeld University, Germany 0.35 0.14 2 -61.9%
90 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 1.01 0.13 1 -88.0%
90 German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
91 Curt-Engelhorn-Centre Archaeometry gGmbH, Germany 0.12 2 N/A
92 State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG), Germany 0.10 0.11 1 7.7%
92 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 0.76 0.11 1 -85.9%
92 Akademie für Menschliche Medizin GmbH (AMM), Germany 0.11 1 N/A
93 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany 0.03 0.11 2 290.1%
94 Eusserthal Ecosystem Research Station (EERES), University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 0.10 0.10 1 -3.1%
94 Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.20 0.10 1 -51.5%
94 TU Dortmund University, Germany 0.33 0.10 1 -70.9%
94 Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys), Germany 0.42 0.10 1 -77.0%
94 Wahnbachtalsperrenverband, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
94 Institute for Hygiene and Environment, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
95 solutions4arctic, Germany 0.09 1 N/A
95 Hamburgische Schiffbau‐Versuchsanstalt GmbH (HSVA), Germany 0.09 1 N/A
96 Federal Foreign Office (AA), Germany 0.01 0.09 1 464.7%
97 Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), Germany 0.06 0.08 1 29.2%
97 University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany 1.00 0.08 1 -91.9%
97 European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for Dioxins and PCBs in Feed and Food, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
97 Saalbau Weltraum Projekt, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
97 Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
98 Institute of Avian Research "Vogelwarte Helgoland" (IAR), Germany 0.09 0.08 1 -8.3%
99 Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
100 Consulting-Geo, Germany 0.07 1 N/A

Footnote

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