CHES 2012 was held in Leuven, Belgium, September 9-12, organized by the COSIC research group of the KU Leuven.
This year, there were 2 events co-located with CHES right before and after the CHES workshop, FDTC (as usual on Sunday before CHES, Sept. 9) and a new workshop, PROOFS (on Thursday, Sept. 13). Also there were two tutorials on Sunday aiming at students and newcomers to the community. The tutorials were no-profit events so we were charging only what was needed to cover lunch, coffee breaks and the material distributed and all students got free registration.
The workshops started with the welcome reception on Sunday evening in the garden of Pauscollege (Pope’s college). The conference banquet was held on Tuesday at the Faculty Club and the rump session ttook place on Monday at the workshop venue followed by the concert of Big Band (conducted by Bart Preneel). The participants could choose between Stella Artois brewery visit and the city tour for the social events on Monday afternoon. All details about the CHES program can be found at: https://www.cosic.esat.kuleuven.be/ches2012/
The workshop had a total of 416 registrations, out of which 92 were students. This is a new record as the co-location with CRYPTO in 2010 resulted in the attendance of 361 participants (out of which 60 were students).
We have raised close to 50,000 $ from sponsors that were mainly spent on students stipends. All together 33 students received free registration (11 student speakers + 22 stipends). In addition, 21 students got free accommodation and 4 students received full support for traveling.