6 Chinese cities placed in top 20 for science
Published: 08:04 PM, 23 September 2020
Beijing, the home to the Chinese Academy of Sciences while acting as a central hub of Chinese scientific collaboration, has been placed as the top science city globally.
Meanwhile, during the recently concluded Zhongguancun Forum the Nature Index global science city 2020 rankings was released in which the capital of China followed by New York, Boston, San Francisco/San Jose and Shanghai to be placed its position at top while other four Chinese cities — Nanjing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Hefei — ranked among the top 20 global science cities.
"A concentration of talent, funding, research institutions and other resources is crucial for the top five global science cities to maintain their leading positions," David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index, said.
He said that cooperation between the top five cities is pretty close as he speaking via video at the forum.
The index used "share", a city's contribution to science publication with its own country, as a key metric to make the rankings.
In that case, Beijing's contribution to China was 21 percent, more than double that of any other city in the top five as New York has 10.3 percent, 9.5 percent for Boston, 8.4 percent for San Francisco/San Jose and Shanghai carrying 10.9 percent.