Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands

2022 INSA Conference

3 Days . 6 Guest Speakers . Unlimited Networking


About The Conference

Making Waves to Advance School Attendance, the theme for INSA's 2022 Conference.
Join us in Egmond aan Zee – a charming seaside resort in the Netherlands – on October 5th, 6th, and 7th.

The Full Program is now available, click here.

See what participants at prior conferences said about the take-homes and the value of networking
Register as soon as possible to secure a hotel room at the conference venue, room numbers are limited.

Networking, knowledge, and know-how for everyone passionate about school attendance and engagement:

  • Interact with colleagues from around the world as we work together to advance the field of school attendance.
  • Find out about progress in the field since INSA laid the groundwork for gold standards at the Lorentz Centre Workshop in 2018.
  • Contribute to plans for continued action in 6 key areas: policy, practice, education, research, tools for the field, and networking.
  • Make your waves, bring your big ideas and the small ones too, sharing news and views on school attendance and absenteeism.
  • Learn from international speakers; choose from dozens of presentations, round table discussions, and workshops.
  • Visit the marketplace for practice and research.
  • Hear from Distinguished Professor Christopher Kearney and others who’ll lead us in ‘Setting the Scene’ for the 2022 Conference.
  • Participate in the Welcome Dinner, join in activities organized by our Social Program Team, or simply take the time to stroll along the beach and the far-reaching dunes of Egmond.
Hotel Zuiderduin is just steps away from the promenade, restaurants, even a lighthouse. Cheese town Alkmaar (‘small Amsterdam’) is around the corner, and Amsterdam only a 40-minute drive. Pack a swimsuit for the pool (or the North Sea if you dare) and brush up on your ten-pin bowling skills for the inaugural ‘international challenge’.

Conference Venue

Hotel Zuiderduin, Zeeweg 52, 1931 VL Egmond aan Zee

Dates & Times

5th October 9.30am to 7th October 4.30pm, 2022

Keynote Speakers - Plenary Sessions

Malin Gren Landell

Malin Gren Landell

Malin is a founding member of INSA, editor of the research anthology on School Attendance Problems, and making waves in Swedish policy on school attendance.

Young Representatives

Young People's Voices

Young people representing various organisations in the Netherlands, share their journey and vision for school attendance, hosted by Carolyn Gentle-Genitty.

Anne Marie Albano

Anne Marie Albano

Anne Marie is co-author of a parent workbook and therapist guide for school attendance problems, TEDMED presenter, and co-author of You and Your Anxious Child.

Invited Speakers - Parallel Sessions

Jayne Demsky

Jayne Demsky

Jayne is founder of the School Avoidance Alliance, initiator of Stigma-Free, mental health advocate in New Jersey USA, and co-chair of her town’s mental health taskforce.  

Martin Knollmann

Martin Knollmann

Martin is a founding member of INSA, developer of the Inventory for School Attendance Problems, and making waves in Germany to increase youth engagement in intervention. 

Malin Gren Landell

Catriona O'Toole

Catriona is making waves in Ireland, increasing trauma-awareness, weaving psychological theory with critical pedagogy perspectives, and establishing the future of school-based mental health promotion.


Register early for this wave-making in-person gathering, secure a room at the conference venue. 

Registration 570 EUR. Discount of 10% for INSA Members, 20% for full-time students.

Abstract Submission


Help Make Waves

in the Field of School Attendance 

Share your work and ideas - based on practice, research, or policy - in the form of a presentation, symposium, round table discussion, workshop, or a poster or audio-visual presentation at the marketplace for practice and research. Proposals can be submitted between March 17 and May 25. Questions? Feel free to contact the Chairperson for the Scientific Program Team, Jo Magne Ingul.

The 2022 Conference Committee
Warmly Welcomes You to
Egmond Aan Zee

Irma de Wit
Association Secondary Education,
North Kennemerland,
the Netherlands

David Heyne
Leiden University,
the Netherlands

Vincent Fafieanie
The Netherlands Youth Institute

Jo Magne Ingul
Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare, Norway

Jayne Demsky
School Avoidance Alliance,

Lana Van Den Berghe
Ghent University,

Our Supporters

Sterke Kinderen
School Avoidance Alliance
Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare
Ghent University
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
GGD Hollands Noorden