Welcome to the 2021 INSA Online Conference

Collaboration: Working together towards improved attendance.

13-14 October 2021

Keynote speakers

Hedy Chang

Director of ‘Attendance Works’ in the USA

Megan Gilmour

CEO of ‘Missing School’ in Australia

David Heyne

INSA Co-Founder and Leiden University in The Netherlands

Chris Varney

Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of the ‘I CAN Network’ in Australia

Just Announced - Invited Speakers:

Hans Shuman

University of Erasmus, The Netherlands

Deborah Gray and colleagues

School Can’t, Australia

Kristof de Witte

KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Belgium

Sandra Inserra & Kerryn Williams

Navigator Program, Anglicare (Sandra Inserra), Department of Education & Training (Kerryn Williams), Australia


Here you can download the program (pdf).

Coming Soon!

Please note that the program is subject to change; updates may occur until the time of the conference.

Abstract Submission is now open!

We are seeking submissions for oral presentations, symposia, round table discussions and posters.

 The conference is an interdisciplinary event that brings together practitioners, advocates, researchers, academics, educators, and other stakeholders from a range of fields including education, psychology, sociology, social work, juvenile justice, psychiatry, policy, and advocacy.


We invite presentations on a broad range of topics related to school attendance and absenteeism. Presentation types include…

  1. Oral Presentations – These individual 15-minute presentations are concise but stimulating and provide the opportunity to showcase contemporary research or innovation in knowledge or practice. Five minutes is included for questions. Abstract word limit is 250 words.
  2. Symposia – Symposia provide an opportunity for three x 15-minute oral presentations to be delivered around a single topic or theme. As well as three separate abstracts, a symposium abstract is also required. Fifteen minutes is included for questions. Abstract limit for each oral presentation and the symposium abstract is 250 words.
  3. Round Table Discussions – Round Tables provide a space for collegial discussions about a topic relevant to school attendance. One or two facilitators introduce the topic for discussion and pose questions or discussion points for a group of 8 to discuss. Round table discussions will last 45 minutes. Abstract requires a 50-word Description of the topic for discussion and a 50-word description of expected outcomes. 
  4. Posters – Poster presentations provide an opportunity to present emerging findings, new ideas and novel initiatives related to school attendance and absenteeism. Posters are to be prepared on a single PowerPoint slide with further guidance to follow. Abstract word limit is 250 words.

Submission Guidelines & Preliminary Presentation Information

  • All abstracts must be submitted via the abstract portal
  • Submission of an abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and the outcome advised by email.
  • All abstracts must be written in the English language.
    Please adhere to abstract word limits.
  • Accepted abstracted will be scheduled with other related individual submissions.
  • Presentations will be delivered live via Zoom videoconferencing platform. In exceptional circumstances, pre-recorded presentations will be considered.
  • All presenters must register for the conference. 

Abstract submission closes on: Friday 31th July.

Conference Registration is now open

The price for conference registration is AUD$225 (€145 estimated).

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Conference.

Conference Committee

Glenn Melvin

Deakin University, Australia

Lisa McKay Brown

University of Melbourne, Australia

Naoki Maeda

Kyushu University of Health and Welfare, Japan

Irma de Wit

Association Secondary Education North Kennemerland, the Netherlands

Lana Van Den Berge

University of Ghent, Belgium


Deakin University