Frequently Asked Questions



Future DDWs

Where and when will DDW 2016 be held?

Digestive Disease Week 2016
May 21–24
Exhibit Dates: May 22–24
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Registration will open in January 2016.

Where and when will DDW 2017 be held?

As is the practice with many other medical meetings, the DDW Council has decided to limit the release of future dates and locations of DDW to one year in advance. We will be announcing the 2017 dates and location when we publish our 2017 meeting promotional materials in April 2016.

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How much does it cost to register?

Registration fees vary. 2016 fees will be posted in the fall of 2015.

What is included in the registration fee?

Online access to DDW on Demand, admission into the Poster Hall, the Exhibit Hall and most DDW sessions are included in your registration fee. Ticketed sessions — indicated with an icon in the DDW preliminary program — are not included and require an additional fee.

How do I register and what's the deadline?

Registration will open in January 2016. There is no registration deadline, but if you register ahead of time during the early bird window, you can book a room in your choice of DDW hotels and reserve your seat in popular ticketed sessions.

I didn't have to pay a registration fee in the past. Why do I have to pay one now?

Due to increased costs and projected long-term reductions in industry support for DDW, the DDW sponsoring societies have implemented a nominal member registration fee and raised fees for most other registration categories.

Do I have to register and pay the registration fee if I submitted an abstract?

Yes, you still have to pay. Submission of the abstract handling fee does not include registration for DDW.

Can someone register another person?

Yes, as long as they can provide all of the necessary information and payment.

I just want to see one talk.

DDW does not sell registrations for portions of the meeting. Anyone interested in attending one talk will have to register for the entire meeting.

Can my spouse attend DDW scientific sessions with me?

Spouses and guests are welcome at DDW. The registration fee is $45 for both early registration and on-site registration. There will be a special hospitality lounge and exciting tours of the host city will be made available.

Can I bring my child to DDW?

Please note that DDW is a professional medical meeting. In order to maintain this environment, children under the age of 12 are NOT permitted to attend DDW scientific sessions or Postgraduate Courses. No exceptions will be made. Children age 12 and older must be accompanied by an adult and must be registered for DDW as a guest in order to attend a session. Children age six months to 12 years old are NOT permitted in the exhibit hall. Infants under the age of six months are permitted in the hall if they are in a front/back child carrier. Strollers are NOT permitted in the exhibit hall.

Can I register on site?

Yes; however, we encourage you to register in advance, particularly for ticketed sessions, which may sell out. By registering in advance, you can also avoid standing in line on site.

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Housing & Travel

How do I make hotel reservations?

Make your hotel reservation when you register for DDW online. The appropriate link will be provided as part of the registration process.

Can I make my own hotel and travel arrangements without going through DDW Registration and Housing?

You must make hotel reservations through DDW, as hotels cannot accept individual reservations.

What if I need to change or cancel my hotel reservations?

Your hotel's cancellation policy will be printed on the confirmation you receive from DDW Registration & Housing. If you do not cancel your reservation before the hotel's deadline, you will forfeit your deposit. If you fail to arrive at the hotel on your confirmed arrival date, you will forfeit your deposit and your reservation will be cancelled.

How do I get around San Diego without renting a car?

Many of the official DDW hotels will have shuttle service to and from the convention center. Additionally, San Diego has several options. Visit DDW's Travel Arrangements Web page for more information.

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When will the abstract submission period open?

Abstracts for DDW 2016 will be accepted online starting on Oct. 22, 2015.

How do I submit an abstract?

Miss your chance to submit an abstract? View the full Abstract Submission Guidelines, a step-by-step guide and tutorial video, so you're prepared prior to the opening of DDW 2016.

Where are abstracts?

Abstracts for DDW 2015 are available to view via the Online Planner.

ePosters and poster abstracts from DDW 2015 and previous years are available at the DDW ePosters archive.

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CME/Certificate of Attendance

Is CME credit available? What about a certificate of attendance?

CME is available for most DDW sessions. Sessions that do not offer CME credit were indicated in the DDW Agenda Book, distributed on site. You can request a certificate of attendance or claim CME for DDW 2015 by using the form found on the CME page.

You may claim CME for DDW 2014 and earlier years by completing the CME Request Form.

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Other Questions

How many people attend DDW?

Approximately 15,000 GI professionals attended DDW 2015, plus an additional 2,000 to 3,000 exhibitors.

How can I get a letter of invitation?

To request an invitation letter from Digestive Disease Week 2016 for your visa application, you must first register for the meeting. Registration is now open. Please visit the International Attendees page for more information that may be helpful.

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