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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 92.00 90.38 237 -4.8%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 14.52 24.72 80 65.0%
3 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 24.40 24.20 74 -3.9%
4 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 15.80 17.20 71 5.5%
5 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 9.43 12.11 34 24.4%
6 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 7.14 8.98 26 21.9%
7 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 5.55 5.91 38 3.3%
8 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 7.35 5.70 28 -24.7%
9 Agroscope, Switzerland 2.43 4.63 9 84.3%
10 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 3.70 4.37 16 14.4%
11 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 6.21 4.26 17 -33.5%
12 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 1.40 3.04 20 110.9%
13 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 1.26 2.31 5 77.4%
14 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 2.13 2.24 8 2.3%
15 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 0.59 1.17 4 93.0%
16 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 0.31 1.13 4 251.0%
17 SGS SA, Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
17 University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Switzerland 1.00 1 N/A
18 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.18 0.97 6 417.1%
19 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland 0.94 2 N/A
20 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 0.38 0.67 7 73.8%
21 Firmenich International SA, Switzerland 0.43 1 N/A
22 Space Exploration Institute (SPACE-X), Switzerland 0.29 0.42 2 38.5%
22 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 0.29 0.42 1 38.1%
23 International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland 0.40 1 N/A
24 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 1.00 0.37 2 -64.5%
25 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 0.22 0.33 1 49.1%
26 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.59 0.33 3 -45.8%
27 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.29 2 N/A
28 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.27 2 N/A
29 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.10 0.25 1 142.3%
29 Risk&Safety AG, Switzerland 0.25 1 N/A
30 Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Switzerland 0.41 0.20 2 -52.9%
31 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 0.04 0.17 2 266.0%
31 SR Technics Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
32 Natural History Museum of Basel, Switzerland 0.06 0.14 1 149.2%
33 enviBee GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
33 Roman Site and Museum Avenches, Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
34 University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Switzerland 0.12 0.12 2 -6.6%
35 Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Switzerland 0.10 2 N/A
36 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.10 3 N/A
37 Omya International AG, Switzerland 0.10 1 N/A
38 Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
38 Berne University of Teacher Education, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
39 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 0.16 0.06 1 -62.4%
40 Natural History Museum of Geneva (MHNG), Switzerland 0.20 0.06 1 -69.7%
41 PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
42 MAVA Foundation, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
43 Naturmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland 0.05 1 N/A
44 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 0.02 2 N/A
45 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.29 0.01 2 -95.4%
46 Botanical Garden Neuchâtel, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
47 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
48 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
49 Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Switzerland 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.