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News vom 16.08.2006

Indicators in the spotlight: Invention announcement figures for Natural Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy

Scientists at Universität Jena are the most industrious inventors. In the field of Medicine, Charité in Berlin along with the universities of Cologne, Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg are top of the table.

Scientists at Universität Jena announce most of the inventions. In the period from 2002 to 2004, biologists, chemists and physicists together announced 61 inventions. This puts the Jena-scientists top of the list in all three disciplines in Germany, in absolute terms and also in proportion to the number of scientists involved in research, concluded the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) based on an analysis of CHE ranking.

As far as Medicine is concerned, Charité in Berlin along with the universities of Cologne, Freiburg, Tübingen and Heidelberg are at the top of the list. In terms of absolute invention figures as well as the number of inventions per scientist, these institutions are among the best in Germany. In the period from 2002 to 2004, medical researchers at the Berlin Charité announced most of the inventions (128), followed by LMU München with 100. LMU München, however, missed out on the top position because of the large number of scientists involved in research, which affected the university’s relative number of inventions.

The so-called “university lecturer privilege" (Hochschullehrerprivileg) was cancelled in 2002. Since then, scientists have had to announce their inventions at the universities where they are employed. The universities then decide whether to apply for the patent themselves or whether they leave this to the scientists. The absolute and relative number of invention announcements indicates how much applied research in particular is carried out by a department.

An overview of how universities performed in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy is available for download. The CHE ranking provides information on a total of 37 subjects. With over 30 comparative indicators per subject, it is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking for German-speaking countries.


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