Pathogens, Parasites and their Hosts: Ecology, Molecular Interactions and Evolution

9 - 27 July 2018, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Deadline for application:  31st of March or until all places are filled


Pathogen-host interactions are a major focus in the work of several institutes at the University of Hohenheim. In a joint initiative of the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Sciences, host-pathogen interactions will be the subject of a 3 weeks summer school in July 2018.

The summer school will introduce into the ecology, molecular interactions, and evolution of pathogen-host relationships with respect to animals, plants, and microorganisms, These topics will be addressed in a series of lectures, laboratory experiments, and excursions Following an integrative approach, the aim of the summer school will be a comparison of different biological systems, showing both striking similarities and surprising peculiarities.

Course contents
How pathogens meet their hosts:

  •  Behavioural mechanisms
  • Chemical and physical recognition
  • Life cycles and zoonoses
  • Mechanisms of invasion

Host resistance:

  • Host resistance in plants and animals
  • Secondary plant compounds
  • Innate immunity
  • Immunology of inflammation

How to overcome host defence:

  • Immune suppression
  • Antigenic variation
  • Molecular mimikry
  • Toxins


  • Adaptation between host and pathogen
  • Breeding of resistant plants and animals
  • Resistance genes in plants and animals
  • Multitrophic level interactions

For further details please see the course programme (coming soon).


7,5 ECTS




Please fill in the application form and send it to Dr. Gabriele Klumpp at the University of Hohenheim


Deadline for application:  31st of March or until all places are filled


During the online phase at home participants will have access to recommended literature for course preparation

Course format: Mix of lectures, laboratory experiments, and excursions

Level:  The course is aimed at students of biology and agricultural sciences or related subjects who have already passed university elementary courses of at least 2 years.

Social Programme: Welcome and farewell barbecue
Visit of the "Wilhelma" (Stuttgart's famous zoo)


University of Hohenheim, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany


Pre-booked furnished flats with twin or triple rooms

Health Insurance

Participants are responsible for an adequate health insurance during their participation in the programme


350 EURO for housing + 50 EURO for tickets for public transport. Travel expenses and food are not included. After payment of fees registration is binding.


Contact person for technical questions:
Dr. Gabriele Klumpp
Coordination Euroleague for Life Sciences (780)
Fruwirthstr. 12, Verfügungsgebäude, 235
D-70593 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 45924012
Fax: +49 711 459 24347


Institute for Zoology, Section of Parasitology, University of Hohenheim
Contact persons for scientific questions: Dr. Thomas Romig
or your local representative of the Subject Area Insect Ecology