Call for papers

Call for contributed talks and posters

The annual conference on quantum cryptography (QCrypt) solicits submissions for contributed talks and posters.

QCrypt 2017 will be held in Cambridge, UK, on Sept. 18-22, 2017. It will be organized by the Centre for Photonic Systems at the University of Cambridge.


All deadlines are at midnight (in any timezone).

* Talk submission deadline: 26 April 2017
* Talk acceptance notification: 27 June 2017

* Poster submission deadline: 11 July 2017
* Poster acceptance notification: 25 July 2017

* Conference early registration deadline: 31 July 2017
* Rump session submission deadline: 19 September 2017
* QCrypt conference: 18-22 September 2017


QCrypt is a conference for students and researchers working on all aspects of quantum cryptography. This includes theoretical and experimental research on the possibilities and limitations of secure communication and computation with quantum devices, how security can be preserved in the presence of a quantum computer, and how to achieve long distance quantum communication.

It is the goal of the conference to represent the previous year’s best results on quantum cryptography, and to support the building of a research community.


QCrypt solicits submissions of extended abstracts describing recent research results in quantum cryptography. These will be reviewed by the program committee, which will select a small number of contributed talks, and a larger number of poster presentations. The selection will be based on scientific merit of the submissions, keeping in mind the desire to create an attractive and balanced program.

In line with the goal of showcasing the best results each year from all subfields, the conference has no published proceedings. Yet, contributed talks are highly competitive. QCrypt welcomes the submission of any interesting and important result, while allowing researchers from a wide range of disciplines to pursue publication in any venue appropriate to their field.


Since 2011, QCrypt features a prize for the best student submission. A submission is eligible for the student prize if and only if the main author(s) is/are a student(s) at the time of the submission and will present the work at QCrypt, and further a significant portion of the work (at least 60%) must have been done by said student(s), including the majority of the key ideas.


Gorjan Alagic (University of Copenhagen)
Erika Andersson (Heriot-Watt University)
Rotem Arnon-Friedman (ETH Zurich)
Charles Ci Wen Lim (National University of Singapore)
Roger Colbeck (University of York)
Ivo Pietro Degiovanni (INRIM Turin)
Dirk Englund (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Ivette Fuentes (University of Vienna)
Stacey Jeffery (CWI Amsterdam)
Elham Kashefi (University of Edinburgh and UPMC CNRS)
Hari Krovi (Raytheon BBN, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Nicola Laurenti (University of Padova)
Anthony Leverrier (INRIA Paris)
Marco Lucamarini (Toshiba Cambridge)
Mohsen Razavi (University of Leeds)
Hiroki Takesue (NTT)
Marco Tomamichel (University of Technology Sydney)
Dominique Unruh (University of Tartu)
Thomas Vidick (California Institute of Technology) (chair)
Paolo Villoresi (University of Padova) (vice chair)
Christian Weedbrock (CipherQ)
Feihu Xu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Hugo Zbinden (University of Geneva)


An extended abstract should be 2-3 pages in A4 or letter size PDF, using reasonable margins and at least 11pt font. It should give a non-technical, clear and insightful description of the results and main ideas, their impact, and their importance to quantum cryptography.

For a “poster only” submission, a one-page non-technical PDF is sufficient as the extended abstract.

The extended abstract may refer to technical details which are presented elsewhere. In particular, authors may include citations to a full version of the paper that is available on the Arxiv or provided as an attachment. This is strongly recommended for theory submissions to help the peer reviewing process. The extended abstract should not be a compressed version of the full-length paper.

Extended abstracts should be submitted electronically here using the EasyChair system.