One of Germany’s top scientific institutes – the Helmholtz Association – has come in second around the world in the 2021 Rising Stars Index of increased research productivity. Helmholtz trailed only China’s Southern University of Science and Technology in the list, which is compiled from a survey of more than 10,000 international research institutions by scientific article tracking body Nature Index.
Helmholtz was the only non-university in the top five. It also came in sixth on Nature Index’s overall international ranking. Helmholtz’s particular strengths, noted the index, were in physics, life sciences and earth and environmental sciences.
“Thanks to the tight networking of our research centers with one another and our joint work with other leading institutions worldwide, we regularly succeed in coming up with extremely creative, state-of-the-art research approaches,” said Helmholtz President Otmar D. Wiestler in a statement. “And because our researchers also tackle the central problems of our times and develop solutions for highly complex challenges, their results get tremendous reception.”