aims to bring together cryptography researchers with developers implementing cryptography in real-world systems. The conference goal is to strengthen the dialogue between these two communities. Topics covered focus on uses of cryptography in real-world environments such as the Internet, the cloud, and embedded devices.

The programme consists of invited and contributed talks.

  • The contributed talks are selected using light touch review by a committee consisting of members of the steering committee and invited reviewers.
  • The invited talks are selected by the steering committee. However, you can make us aware of people you think we should invite by filling in our form.
Unlike other IACR events there are no proceedings/published papers. Talks are selected on the basis of impact on the real world (potential or current), interest to the audience, and our perceived quality of the speaker.

Since 2018 the is organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

2020-10-01 Corona virus update

Dear RWC community,

Due to the corona virus pandemic, its consequences and the uncertainty regarding when it will be under control and eventually stopped, the RWC Steering Committee in coordination with the local organizers for 2021 and 2022 as well as with the IACR Board of Directors decided to turn RWC 2021 into a virtual event and to postpone the schedule for physical conferences by one year. That means:

  • RWC 2021 virtual,
  • RWC 2022 Amsterdam.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope that we can all enjoy RWC 2022 in Amsterdam under normal conditions. In the meantime, please stay tuned for updates concerning the first virtual RWC 2021 in the next weeks!

The RWC Steering Committee

RWC Steering Committee

Dan Boneh (Chair of Committee)

Stanford University

University of Edinburgh

Microsoft Research

Kenny Paterson (Invited Talks Chair 2021)

ETH, Zurich

Nadia Heninger (Scholarship Secretary)


Tom Shrimpton (Contributed Talks Chair 2021)

University of Florida

Nigel Smart (Sponsorship Secretary)

KU Leuven