September 29 - October 01 | Virtual conference

Selected Areas in Cryptography

SAC 2021

SAC is Canada's research conference on cryptography, held annually since 1994. The 28th edition of SAC was supposed to take place at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. However, due to COVID 19 travel restrictions, SAC 2021 will run as a virtual event from September 29 to October 01, 2021, and will be preceded by a two-day Summer School on September 27 and 28, 2021.

SAC 2021 is held in co-operation with the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), which is the leading professional organization for cryptographic research.

Publishing on YouTube

In order to accommodate time differences of SAC 2021 attendees, we plan to record and publish the conference sessions, and some of the invited talks and summer school lectures on the conference YouTube channel. Your participation in the event is considered as a consent to being recorded and your video published on YouTube. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us as soon as possible.

Recent updates

  • September 21, 2021 - Summer school topics and speakers announced.

  • September 19, 2021 - Recorded full talks are being added to SAC 2021 YouTube channel.

  • September 18, 2021 - Program and list of accepted papers announced.

  • September 17, 2021 - Registration is now open.

  • June 29, 2021 - Submission deadline extended - Abstract submission on July 7 and final paper submission on July 12.

  • June 24, 2021 - PC members announced.

Conference co-chairs

  • Andreas Hülsing, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

  • Riham AlTawy, University of Victoria, Canada.


There are four areas covered at each SAC conference. Three of the areas are permanent:

  • Design and analysis of symmetric key primitives and cryptosystems, including block and stream ciphers, hash functions, MAC algorithms, cryptographic permutations, and authenticated encryption schemes.

  • Efficient implementations of symmetric, public key, and post-quantum cryptography.

  • Mathematical and algorithmic aspects of applied cryptology, including post-quantum cryptology.

The fourth area for SAC 2021 is

  • Privacy enhancing mechanisms and techniques.

Important dates

  • Abstract registration deadline: June 30, 2021 July, 7, 2021, 23:59 GMT

  • Final paper submission deadline: July, 12, 2021, 23:59 GMT

  • Notification of decision: August, 23, 2021

  • Pre-proceedings version deadline: September, 15, 2021

  • ‘Summer’ School: September, 27-28, 2021

  • Conference dates: September 29 - October 01, 2021