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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 90.38 84.99 258 -9.1%
2 Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland 24.20 23.67 80 -5.4%
3 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 17.20 18.91 76 6.3%
4 University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland 12.11 15.27 44 22.0%
5 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 24.72 14.54 54 -43.1%
6 Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Switzerland 4.26 8.48 24 92.6%
7 University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland 5.70 7.70 39 30.5%
8 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 8.98 7.38 22 -20.5%
9 Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Switzerland 5.91 4.68 33 -23.5%
10 Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland 4.37 3.47 15 -23.1%
11 University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), Switzerland 2.24 3.07 9 32.5%
12 University of Basel (UB), Switzerland 3.04 2.47 18 -21.3%
13 University of Fribourg (UNIFR), Switzerland 0.67 1.01 8 44.7%
14 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland 1.13 0.86 5 -26.4%
15 Givaudan SA, Switzerland 0.86 1 N/A
16 Agroscope, Switzerland 4.63 0.78 5 -83.6%
17 Federal Office for Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), Switzerland 2.31 0.74 3 -69.1%
18 Membratec SA, Switzerland 0.60 1 N/A
19 enviBee GmbH, Switzerland 0.13 0.50 2 286.8%
19 Arcadis Schweiz AG, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
19 F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland 0.50 1 N/A
20 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland 0.33 0.48 4 38.1%
21 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland 0.33 0.47 5 38.1%
22 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Switzerland 0.44 1 N/A
23 World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland 0.42 0.35 4 -18.1%
24 Geo-Energie Suisse AG, Switzerland 0.29 1 N/A
25 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland 0.97 0.27 8 -73.3%
26 Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland 0.02 0.17 1 615.0%
26 University of St. Gallen (UNISG), Switzerland 1.00 0.17 1 -83.9%
26 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
26 Federal Department of Defence Civil Protection and Sport (VBS), Switzerland 0.17 1 N/A
27 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland 0.06 0.16 3 148.0%
28 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Switzerland 0.16 2 N/A
29 National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra), Switzerland 0.14 1 N/A
30 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Switzerland 1.17 0.13 1 -89.7%
30 Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
30 Stadt Zürich Umwelt- und Gesundheitsschutz (UGZ), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
30 Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland 0.13 1 N/A
31 Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Switzerland 0.27 0.11 2 -58.4%
32 CSD Ingenieure AG, Switzerland 0.11 2 N/A
33 Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), Switzerland 0.01 0.09 2 546.5%
34 University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO), Switzerland 0.01 0.08 1 947.5%
34 WaterKiosk Foundation, Switzerland 0.08 1 N/A
35 Tofwerk AG, Switzerland 0.29 0.07 3 -76.2%
36 Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC), Switzerland 0.17 0.07 1 -61.3%
36 Cantonal Botanical Museum and Gardens (MJBC), Switzerland 0.07 1 N/A
37 Ithaka Institute for Carbon Strategies, Switzerland 0.06 1 N/A
38 Natural History Museum of Bern (NMBE), Switzerland 0.25 0.06 1 -78.5%
39 Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG, Switzerland 0.08 0.04 1 -51.7%
40 Datalystica Ltd., Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
40 Mountainsense Consulting, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
41 EA - Shaping Environmental Action, Switzerland 0.02 1 N/A
42 Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland 0.01 1 N/A
43 Space Exploration Institute (SPACE-X), Switzerland 0.42 0.01 1 -97.9%
44 Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), Switzerland 0.01 0.01 1 -43.1%
45 Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland 0.37 0.00 1 -98.7%
46 Swiss National Park, Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A
47 International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Switzerland 0.10 0.00 1 -95.6%
48 Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A
49 CarboForExpert, Switzerland 0.00 1 N/A

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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.