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 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 35.18 37.17 130 2.4%
2 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 20.73 18.83 70 -12.0%
3 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 21.52 17.87 61 -19.5%
4 VU Amsterdam, Netherlands 5.73 7.28 43 23.1%
5 NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, Netherlands 5.93 6.51 36 6.5%
6 Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands 3.36 5.03 20 45.0%
7 University of Groningen (RUG), Netherlands 2.23 3.85 17 67.3%
8 University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands 1.52 3.69 23 135.1%
9 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands 1.35 3.07 12 121.2%
10 Wetsus Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, Netherlands 5.33 2.97 9 -46.1%
11 Leiden University, Netherlands 3.53 2.31 21 -36.6%
12 KWH Water B.V., Netherlands 1.74 2.02 13 12.2%
13 Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), Netherlands 0.92 1.99 9 110.8%
14 Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Netherlands 2.17 1.97 7 -12.3%
15 University of Twente (UTwente), Netherlands 2.80 1.97 8 -31.9%
16 Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Netherlands 0.46 1.87 9 296.3%
17 Deltares, Netherlands 1.10 1.38 9 21.8%
18 Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), Netherlands 0.68 1.32 11 87.9%
19 Institute for Water Education (IHE Delft), Netherlands 0.77 1.04 7 31.2%
20 Evides N.V., Netherlands 0.70 0.89 5 24.5%
21 Regional Public Health Laboratory Kennemerland, Netherlands 0.80 1 N/A
22 PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands 1.77 0.74 6 -59.3%
23 Oasen N.V., Netherlands 0.72 0.48 3 -35.1%
24 Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands 0.07 0.38 3 415.5%
25 Plaxis BV, Netherlands 0.33 1 N/A
26 Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands 0.59 0.31 3 -49.0%
27 Dutch State Supervision of Mines (SSM), Netherlands 0.22 1 N/A
28 The Ocean Cleanup, Netherlands 0.51 0.21 2 -60.1%
29 Waternet, Netherlands 0.61 0.20 1 -68.1%
29 Van der Lugt B.V., Netherlands 0.20 1 N/A
30 Antea Group Netherlands, Netherlands 0.15 1 N/A
31 Kadaster, Netherlands 0.14 1 N/A
32 Partners4UrbanWater, Netherlands 0.43 0.13 1 -71.5%
32 Passive Sampling of Organic Compounds (PaSOC), Netherlands 0.13 1 N/A
32 Royal Burgers' Zoo, Netherlands 0.13 1 N/A
33 Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI), Netherlands 0.11 2 N/A
34 Fugro N.V., Netherlands 0.10 1 N/A
34 DNV-GL, Netherlands 0.10 1 N/A
34 Paques B.V., Netherlands 0.10 1 N/A
34 BCF Systems B.V., Netherlands 0.10 1 N/A
35 Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility, Netherlands 0.06 1 N/A
36 PWN, Netherlands 0.05 1 N/A
37 Tropenbos International (TBI), Netherlands 0.03 1 N/A
38 FutureWater, Netherlands 0.03 1 N/A
38 Maastricht University (UM), Netherlands 0.03 1 N/A
38 Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, Netherlands 0.03 1 N/A
39 BIAX Consult, Netherlands 0.01 0.03 1 91.3%
40 Wetlands International, Netherlands 0.02 1 N/A
40 Science and Technology Corporation, Netherlands 0.02 1 N/A
41 Cultural Heritage Agency, Netherlands 0.05 0.02 1 -67.4%
42 Rewilding Europe, Netherlands 0.01 1 N/A
43 Louis Bolk Institute, Netherlands 0.01 1 N/A
44 Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands 0.00 0.01 8 467.0%
45 Stichting Tropenbos International, Netherlands 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.