As reported in the Invest In Israel Newsletter, Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science was ranked as the second best international academic institution in which to work outside the United States by “The Scientist” magazine. Weizmann was ranked the top scientific institution outside the US twice over the past 5 years and in 2008 was followed by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics topped this year’s rankings. Though Weizmann has a quarter of the full-time science researchers that the Max Planck Institute has (106 vs. 400), and publishes nearly a fifth of the volume of papers in life sciences (4,553 vs. 21,819), the Weizmann Institute had a higher average number of citations per paper with 29.76 compared to 28.43 at the Max Planck Institute.

The rankings are based on a survey of 2,350 readers. The annual rankings are based on several weighted categories, including collaborations, teamwork, and obtaining unique funding sources.

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