HistoCrypt 2019 will take place from June 23-26, 2019 in Mons, Belgium. Here’s the Call for Papers. Apart from scientific papers, non-academic presentations are invited.

In my last blog post of 2018 I awarded the Golden Alice in the “Best Event” category to the HistoCrypt 2018, which took place in Uppsala, Sweden. Now, the Call for Papers for the 2019 edition of this great event has been published (see below). HistoCrypt 2019 will take place from June 23-26 in the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium.

Source: Schmeh

One goal of the organizers is to make HistoCrypt 2019 more attractive for non-academic speakers. For this reason, the conference will feature a so-called exposition track. This track is made for crypto machine collectors, crypto history book authors, journalists with an interest in crypto, Voynich Manuscript scholars and other crypto enthusiasts, who don’t want to write a scientific paper for the conference proceedings. The application process for the exposition track is simple and doesn’t require writing a comprehensive treatise.

So, please mark your calendars and consider handing in a talk!

Please note: Originally, the HistoCrypt 2019 was scheduled for June 16-19. This has changed. The conference had to be postponed by one week to avoid overlapping with the “Ducasse du Mons”, a popular festival. Now, HistoCrypt 2019 will take place from June 23-26, 2019.


Call for papers

The International Conference on Historical Cryptology (HistoCrypt 2019, website will soon be available) invites submissions of papers to its annual conference on historical cryptology. The conference will be held in June 23-26, 2019 in the Mundaneum, Mons, Belgium. Please mark your calendars.

HistoCrypt addresses all aspects of historical cryptography and cryptanalysis. The conference’s subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • the use of cryptography in military, diplomacy, business, and other areas
  • analysis of historical ciphers with the help of modern computerized methods
  • unsolved historical cryptograms, including the Voynich Manuscript
  • the Enigma and other encryption machines
  • the history of modern (computer-based) cryptography
  • linguistic aspects of cryptography
  • the influence of cryptography on the course of history
  • teaching and promoting cryptography in schools, universities, and the public

We welcome everybody interested to participate in the event. We invite submissions, which will be evaluated by a program committee.



The first HistoCrypt (formerly known as the European Historical Ciphers Colloquium (EuroHCC) and as Crypto History Experts Meeting) took place in 2012. 2019 is the fifth time the meeting is held. For information about earlier issues, check here:

Crypto History Experts Meeting 2012 in Heusenstamm, Germany
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mncCPTHYrl8&t=536s

EuroHCC 2016 in Kassel, Germany
Cryptologia article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01611194.2016.1219787

EuroHCC 2017 in Smolenice, Slovakia
Conference web-site: https://www.euro-hcc.org/
Blog post: http://scienceblogs.de/klausis-krypto-kolumne/2017/05/19/a-great-event-the-european-historical-ciphers-colloquium-2017/
Cryptologia article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01611194.2017.1422049

HistoCrypt 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden
Conference web-site: https://www2.lingfil.uu.se/histocrypt2018/home.phtml
Blog post with video: http://scienceblogs.de/klausis-krypto-kolumne/2018/06/23/histocrypt-2018-a-video-and-many-photos/
Proceedings: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/contents.asp?issue=149



We invite paper submissions in three distinct tracks:

  • Research track: For this track, HistoCrypt solicits full papers (up to 10 pages) describing original research. Papers accepted will be included in the HistoCrypt 2019 proceedings.
  • Exposition track: For the exposition track, HistoCrypt solicits proposals (2 to 10 pages) for presentations. The content of a presentation may have been published before.
  • Poster track: The poster track accepts submissions of posters. The PC Chair may also suggest to some authors of rejected papers to turn their submission into a poster.

For accepted exposition and poster submissions, only the titles and authors will be given in the proceedings, and no camera-ready manuscript is required after acceptance.



  • Friday, February 22, 2018: Submission of Papers
  • Friday, April 5, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
  • Monday, May 6, 2019: Camera-Ready Manuscripts (research track only)
  • Sunday-Wednesday, June 23-26, 2019: Conference


Submission formats

All research track and poster track submissions must follow the HistoCrypt 2019 style files, which are available for LaTeX (preferred) and MS Word. A URL for download will be available soon.

Research track and poster track submissions shall be anonymous, i.e. not reveal author(s) on the title page or through self-references.

Exposition track submissions must be handed in as a PDF or MS Word file (the use of a style file is not required). They are not anonymous. They shall contain the name(s) and a short biography of the submitter(s).

Submissions must be uploaded through the online conference system (see below). Submissions that violate the requirements will be returned without review.


Submission management

Submissions to the conference must follow the above requirements and be uploaded electronically no later than: Friday, February 22, 2018 23:59 CET
HistoCrypt utilizes the EasyChair conference management system for submission, reviewing, and preparation of proceedings. Submission for the conference will open soon at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=histocrypt2019


Program committee

Reviewing of submissions and selection of the conference program will be managed by the HistoCrypt 2019 Program Committee. All research track and poster submissions will receive at least two double-blind reviews by experts in the field (after the review stage, submissions will be deanonymized). The Program Committee is headed by Pierre Mounier-Kuhn. The other members of the Program Committee will be announced at a later point of time.

To inquire about the submission and reviewing process or generally the program of the conference, please email mounier@msh-paris.fr.


Local organization

The HistoCrypt 2019 Local Organizing Committee is headed by Jean-Jacques Quisquater (general chair). For all practical inquiries, please email jjq@uclouvain.be.

Kommentare (9)

  1. #1 Richard SantaColoma
    3. Januar 2019

    It looks like a wonderful event… perhaps I will be able to attend.

  2. #2 Klaus Schmeh
    3. Januar 2019

    @Richard: That would be great.

  3. #3 Jerry McCarthy
    England, Europa
    4. Januar 2019

    Hallo Klaus,

    All the links in the “Background” and “Submission management” sections appear to be broken. They go via “deref-web-02.de” and give error 403 :-(.

  4. #4 Jeremy McCarthy
    England, Europa
    4. Januar 2019

    All the links in the “Background” and “Submission management” sections appear to be broken; they give error 403 🙁

  5. #5 Jeremy McCarthy
    England, Europa
    4. Januar 2019

    Fixed now, it seems 🙂

  6. #6 Valentin Montmirail
    6. Januar 2019

    Can not wait to attend. For now the EasyChair link is broken, keep us informed once the link is re-open !

  7. #7 Paolo Bonavoglia
    20. Januar 2019

    The link to the CFP submission is still broken, the message is: Incorrect page – You requested a non-existing page.

  8. #8 Klaus Schmeh
    20. Januar 2019

    @Paolo: Sorry, I hope this will be fixed soon.

  9. #9 Jerry McCarthy
    England, Europa
    23. Januar 2019

    The EasyChair link now appears to be geöffnet/ouvert/aperto/OPEN!!! 🙂