2021 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany 119.54 141.61 465 14.5%
2 Max Planck Society, Germany 34.33 32.89 157 -7.3%
3 Leibniz Association, Germany 26.57 23.84 135 -13.3%
4 University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany 10.71 17.47 45 57.8%
5 University of Bayreuth (UBT), Germany 16.52 16.17 43 -5.4%
6 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 14.12 14.91 42 2.1%
7 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 14.30 14.42 67 -2.5%
8 University of Kiel (CAU), Germany 8.19 9.40 44 10.9%
9 Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany 10.72 8.50 46 -23.3%
10 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 13.16 7.68 31 -43.5%
11 University of Potsdam, Germany 12.53 7.15 54 -44.8%
12 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 7.60 6.98 39 -11.3%
13 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 8.92 6.79 24 -26.4%
14 University of Göttingen, Germany 4.22 6.63 37 51.9%
15 Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany 6.49 6.57 21 -2.1%
16 German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), Germany 6.77 6.02 11 -14.0%
17 University of Cologne (UoC), Germany 5.47 5.27 25 -6.9%
18 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany 5.53 4.59 19 -19.8%
19 Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), Germany 10.23 4.55 30 -56.9%
20 Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany 2.89 4.54 16 51.9%
21 RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany 7.66 4.35 18 -45.1%
22 Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany 4.18 4.05 11 -6.3%
23 Leipzig University, Germany 1.66 3.39 42 97.8%
24 University of Oldenburg, Germany 1.78 3.21 13 74.4%
25 Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany 2.45 3.04 24 20.2%
26 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 6.46 2.86 17 -57.2%
27 Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU), Germany 2.47 2.86 34 12.2%
28 Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany 3.62 2.62 14 -30.0%
29 Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany 2.47 2.47 10 -3.2%
30 University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany 3.95 2.44 14 -40.3%
31 Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 0.66 2.43 14 256.0%
32 University of Hohenheim, Germany 3.34 2.12 9 -38.8%
33 DVGW - Water Technology Center (TZW), Germany 0.70 2.00 5 174.8%
34 Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany 1.80 1.81 24 -3.1%
35 Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany 1.50 1.60 7 3.3%
36 Bielefeld University, Germany 0.14 1.59 4 1,004.9%
37 Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany 1.48 1.59 33 3.7%
38 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 0.81 1.56 8 86.1%
39 University of Siegen, Germany 0.52 1.48 4 173.7%
40 University of Konstanz, Germany 2.43 1.47 5 -41.3%
41 University of Augsburg, Germany 0.40 1.46 11 251.5%
42 University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany 2.84 1.36 5 -53.8%
43 Climate Analytics GmbH, Germany 0.31 1.35 5 325.7%
44 University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany 3.26 1.27 11 -62.2%
45 University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany 1.98 1.16 6 -43.7%
46 Berlin Centre of Competence for Water (KWB), Germany 1.00 1.13 2 8.8%
47 University of Rostock, Germany 0.49 1.04 4 103.1%
48 Q‐con GmbH, Germany 1.00 1 N/A
49 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 2.33 0.85 8 -64.8%
50 Institute of Avian Research "Vogelwarte Helgoland" (IAR), Germany 0.08 0.83 1 899.2%
51 Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 0.11 0.81 2 609.1%
52 University of Greifswald, Germany 0.61 0.77 8 22.2%
53 Technical University Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig), Germany 0.87 0.66 5 -26.2%
54 Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany 0.64 2 N/A
55 Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Germany 1.48 0.63 3 -58.5%
56 Jacobs University Bremen, Germany 0.76 0.60 7 -24.7%
57 Clausthal University of Technology (TU Clausthal), Germany 0.26 0.53 3 96.5%
58 Helmut Schmidt University, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
58 BMW Group, Germany 0.50 1 N/A
59 Blücher GmbH, Germany 0.43 1 N/A
60 University of Stuttgart, Germany 0.83 0.42 5 -51.6%
61 Saarland University (Saar-Uni), Germany 0.42 1 N/A
62 Bavarian Environment Agency (LfU), Germany 0.23 0.38 2 63.2%
63 Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB), Germany 0.37 2 N/A
64 Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung, Germany 0.17 0.37 2 111.8%
65 Federal Environment Agency Germany (UBA), Germany 1.17 0.36 2 -70.2%
66 Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany 0.13 0.33 1 157.8%
66 MG Optical Solutions GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
66 AUTARCON GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
66 Öko-Recherche Büro für Umweltforschung und-beratung GmbH, Germany 0.33 1 N/A
67 University of Wuppertal, Germany 0.70 0.32 4 -55.7%
68 Geomecon GmbH, Germany 0.30 1 N/A
68 DHI WASY GmbH, Germany 0.30 1 N/A
69 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology e.V. (IUTA), Germany 0.31 0.29 1 -10.7%
70 Thünen Institute, Germany 0.43 0.28 2 -36.9%
71 Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Germany 0.44 0.27 2 -40.9%
72 Trier University, Germany 0.76 0.26 3 -66.3%
73 Giessen University (JLU), Germany 0.94 0.25 4 -74.1%
74 Hannover Medical School (MHH), Germany 0.24 2 N/A
75 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany 0.27 0.23 3 -18.3%
76 VKTA - Radiation Protection, Analytics and Disposal Inc. (VKTA), Germany 0.22 2 N/A
77 Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC), Germany 0.21 1 N/A
78 University of Regensburg (UR), Germany 0.21 2 N/A
79 Stiftung Mercator, Germany 0.29 0.21 3 -31.5%
80 Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), Germany 0.30 0.20 1 -36.0%
80 Bundeswehr, Germany 0.50 0.20 1 -61.3%
80 Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), Germany 0.20 1 N/A
81 Ecossa, Germany 0.18 2 N/A
82 University of Passau, Germany 0.18 1 N/A
83 European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Germany 0.17 0.17 1 -3.3%
83 Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden), Germany 0.17 1 N/A
83 GEOS4 GmbH, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
83 WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany 0.17 1 N/A
84 Senckenberg am Meer, Germany 0.39 0.16 2 -61.1%
85 Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany 1.67 0.15 2 -91.3%
86 Curt-Engelhorn-Centre Archaeometry gGmbH, Germany 0.12 0.14 1 13.5%
86 Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg (LUBW), Germany 0.14 1 N/A
86 Institute for Lime and Mortar Research e. ​​V. (IKM), Germany 0.14 1 N/A
87 Fraunhofer Society, Germany 2.30 0.13 2 -94.7%
88 University of Osnabrück (Uni Osnabrück), Germany 0.21 0.13 1 -43.6%
88 Philipps University of Marburg (Uni Marburg), Germany 0.60 0.13 1 -79.7%
88 Fioscope GmbH, Germany 0.13 1 N/A
88 Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
88 GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT), Germany 0.13 1 N/A
89 Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LUNG), Germany 0.11 1 N/A
90 European X-ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (XFEL), Germany 0.26 0.11 1 -61.2%
91 Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany 0.10 1 N/A
92 University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany 0.10 2 N/A
93 Ulm University, Germany 0.31 0.09 3 -72.8%
94 Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), Germany 0.17 0.08 1 -51.7%
94 Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten Stuttgart, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
94 Veterinary Office Ravensburg, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
94 Nepals e.V., Germany 0.08 1 N/A
94 iSAtech Water GmbH, Germany 0.08 1 N/A
95 Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
96 Grimm Aerosol Technik GmbH and Co. KG, Germany 0.08 2 N/A
97 State Department of Agriculture, Food Security and Fisheries Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LALLF M-V), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
97 European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany 0.08 1 N/A
98 Global Climate Forum e.V. (GCF), Germany 0.17 0.07 1 -58.6%
98 State Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR), Germany 0.07 1 N/A
99 University of Hildesheim, Germany 0.06 1 N/A
100 Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg (FVA), Germany 0.20 0.06 2 -70.6%

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