The Department of Mathematics is starting a new colloquium series in November 2021, which usually offers a colloquium lecture once a year with distinguished and well-known speakers who report on current results that have received particular attention. This colloquium is named after the Tübingen mathematician Erich Kamke in his honour.

Erich Kamke came to Tübingen as an associate professor in 1926 at the age of 36 and was forced into retirement by the National Socialists in 1937 because of his wife's Jewish origins and because of his straightforward and unbending manner. Immediately after the Second World War, Kamke was rehabilitated and appointed full professor at the University of Tübingen. In the years that followed, he made lasting contributions to the reconstruction of the Mathematical Institute, the University of Tübingen and mathematics in Germany. For example, he organised the first major mathematics conference in Germany after the war in Tübingen in 1946 and also re-founded the German Mathematicians' Association (DMV) in Tübingen in 1948 (with the annual conference organised by him). In Tübingen he founded, among other things, the university's computing centre, of which he was chairman until 1960. From 1948-1952 he was chairman of the DMV.

Kamke worked scientifically primarily in the field of differential equations and wrote a two-volume work on this subject, which is still considered standard literature in this discipline today.