With a steady increase due to drug resistance, global warming and increasing international travel, parasitic diseases are distributed world-wide in human and animal populations. The RTG aims to install a cutting edge and integrative curriculum to educate “next-generation” parasitologists. In an interdisciplinary approach, graduates are trained in molecular approaches, cellular interactions and organismic studies on key parasites of model organisms, free-ranging animals and humans. The research topics focus on four parasite groups: Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Giardia and helminths. In accordance with the “One Health” concept the different parasite infections are studied from the biological, medical, and translational perspectives.