Digestive Disease Week® has always delivered the most relevant, late-breaking and engaging science to attendees. And with 400 sessions and 4,000 posters, this year’s meeting will be no exception. Yet several key new features also ensure the conference will leave an even deeper impression on attendees.

This year every attendee will receive DDW On Demand at no charge with his or her full meeting registration. DDW On Demand gives professionals online access to nearly every oral presentation and slide offered at DDW 2015, May 17-19 in Washington, DC. DDW On Demand provides an extra resource for attendees to retain and access materials well after the meeting is over. Most sessions will be available about 48 hours after the presentation is complete.

“The information is crucial because the conference has so many intriguing sessions that it’s hard to attend every presentation,” said DDW Council Chair Grace H. Elta, MD, AGAF, FASGE. “Even if you can’t catch it all, you can take some of it home with you.”

Attendees can also expect big changes to MyDDW, the online itinerary planner and mobile application that serves as the electronic hub for all things DDW. Attendees who download MyDDW to their mobile device will notice the native app provides everything from convention center and exhibit hall maps to information about sessions, catering, shuttles and hotel information.

The app will be loaded with the most up-to-date session information, and users will have access to the full text of oral abstracts and posters. They can also search exhibitors and access general meeting information. MyDDW will be available in mid-April.

On the programming side, one of the annual showcase events is the Best of DDW session, which will be held on Tuesday, May 19. This year each society will provide a 30-minute summary presentation of the best abstracts presented at DDW 2015. The session is one of DDW’s most popular because it ensures attendees don’t miss some of the most exciting and pioneering research presented at the meeting.

New to DDW this year are two DDW Late-Breaking Abstract Sessions, which will also be presented Tuesday. “This year for the first time the late-breaking abstracts are going to be combined for the four societies. Historically the AGA had done it alone,” Dr. Elta said.

The jointly produced sessions — a basic science and a clinical session — allow the societies to come together and convey the most cutting-edge research to attendees at the conclusion of the meeting.

Attendees also will want to take note of the DDW Combined Translational Symposium titled Figuring Out Fat – Models to Advance Obesity Treatment on Monday, May 18. The session, which is also produced by all four sponsoring societies, will review some of the models and interventions used to treat obesity. It will cover the spectrum of animal to human models, addressing the limitations and challenges.

Within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the DDW Career and Recruitment Center will be a one-stop shop for job seekers at all career levels. The center is part of the HEALTHeCAREERS Network, which allows candidates to broaden their employment search by networking with gastroenterology professionals across the country and internationally. Job seekers should also plan to stop by Monday’s DDW Career Fair, which is an ideal way for professionals and employers to talk face-to-face. Job seekers can also take advantage of the free professional CV review service in the DDW Career and Recruitment Center.

Informal networking is another essential part of DDW. A new evening offering, Eat It Up: DC, will help with that effort. The program connects individuals who would like to dine out and informally network with others. Attendees who may not have come with a large group can sign up each day to join a dinner group of no more than 10 people. DDW has pre-arranged reservations at a variety of DC restaurants. It’s free to sign up, and restaurants have agreed in advance to offer separate checks. Eat It Up: DC will offer a wide range of cuisine and price points beginning Saturday, May 16, through Tuesday evening.