International Association for Cryptologic Research

IACR Newsletter

The newsletter of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

Vol. 22, No. 2, Winter 2005.


2005 elections

The 2005 election is now complete. Five candidates stood for the three open positions of Director. The three candidates with the highest number of votes were elected. These new directors whose terms will expire on 31 December 2008 are:

  • Yvo Desmedt
  • Stuart Haber
  • Antoine Joux

The Revision of the bylaws also passed with 170 in favor, 45 against.

More information on this year's election is available here.

Visas for IACR events

The issue of Visas to attend IACR events has become a significant issue. Both the next EUROCRYPT in St. Petersburg, Russia and CRYPTO in Santa Barbara, CA, USA require Visas for many to attend.

For information regarding obtaining a Russian visa, there are web sites for the Russian Consulates in UK and France. Note that the form for US and non-US citizens is different.

Information on the US visas can be found here, The time to obtain a US visa is variable, and may involve a visit to the Consulate for an interview. This has taken over 3 months for some individuals in the past. It is advisable to submit Visa applications as soon as possible to avoid last minute problems.

Nominations for IACR Fellow

We hope that you will consider devoting some of your time and effort to nominating or endorsing an IACR-Fellow candidate. IACR members can nominate or endorse other IACR members for this prestigious position. Nominations and endorsements are due on December 31, 2005. More information can be found here.

Calendar of IACR events

Honoring Prof. Dr. Thomas Beth

Our Association has lost a great character and a great pioneer. The IACR president has written a brief note honoring the late Prof. Dr. Thomas Beth.


Journal of Cryptology

September 2005 issue of the Journal of Cryptology is available to IACR members. The user-id and password for IACR members can be retrieved here.

RSS News feed available for the IACR ePrint archive

Following a suggestion by several people, we are now providing RSS feeds of the latest papers submitted to the IACR ePrint archive. This information is updated once an hour. More information on available feeds and formats is available here.

Top downloads from the Cryptology ePrint Archive

The top six downloads from the ePrint archive for the period May 18th through November 22, 2005 are listed here. The first two have been noted in this newsletter before and still remain heavily accessed.

Complete list of recent papers in the IACR ePrint Archive

Open positions in Cryptology

Current announcements on the IACR Website for Open Positions in Cryptology.

  • University of Waterloo
  • University College London
  • Indiana University
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Université catholique de Louvain

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