Invited-Speaker Sessions

Invited-speaker sessions feature some of the most prestigious experts in their fields. Organized by each of the four sponsoring societies, these sessions highlight a wide range of topics that appeal to a broad base of attendees. In the Online Planner and Mobile App, invited presentations can be identified by their presentation numbers.

Below are examples of invited speaker sessions offered at DDW. If you’d like to be notified of scientific programming news, fill out our inquiry form.

  • Address/Oration/Lecture: Sponsored by SSAT, each session is 45 minutes in length generally has one presentation. Q&A time is included in the 45 minutes allotted.
  • Breakfast Connections (formerly Breakfast-With-the-Experts): Sponsored by DDW in collaboration with the sponsoring societies, these 75‐minute sessions held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday provide the opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers in a small‐group setting. AV is available, but formal presentations are not required. These sessions are ticketed, with a special rate for trainees and includes breakfast. Questions are encouraged throughout the session, therefore there is no preset Q&A time.
  • Board Review Course: This course, sponsored by the AGA, serves as a primer for third-year fellows preparing for the board exam as well as a review course for others wanting to test their knowledge. The course is 240 minutes in length. Attendees are provided with real-time feedback on their readiness to take the board exams. Presentations are 14 minutes (ARS included) with no Q&A.
  • Clinical Symposium: Focused on clinical topics and sponsored by one or more of the four societies, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and typically feature three to five speakers with presentations ranging from 15 to 30 minutes in length with 15 minutes question and answer at the end of each session. AGA symposia may also include abstract presentations inter-mixed with invited speaker presentations. SSAT clinical symposia are 90 or 180 minutes long and includes 4-5 presentations (8-10 in the 180 minute session) and includes discussions at the end of each session (or each half of the session, in the 180 minute session).
  • Conference: This invitation only session is 8.5 hours long and includes a selection of abstracts, presented by residents and fellows, that will be presented during the SSAT Annual Meeting.
  • Debate: This invitation only session is 8.5 hours long and includes a selection of abstracts, presented by residents and fellows, that will be presented during the SSAT Annual Meeting.
  • Hands-On Workshops: Sponsored by ASGE and SSAT, these interactive sessions focus on specific procedures and allow participants to test techniques during the session. Sessions are 120-180 minutes in length and feature as many as 11 faculty members. All Hands-On sessions are ticketed. There can be up to 11 presentations, with Q&A throughout the session.
  • Hepatology Update: Sponsored by AASLD, this three-hour course summarizes both clinical and basic research on topics that are highly relevant to the practice of hepatology and liver-based research. The course is 180 minutes. This course is ticketed.
  • Plenary: Plenary sessions are offered by all four societies and feature the year’s best abstracts and invited speakers. AGA, ASGE and SSAT feature Presidential Plenary sessions that range from 90-210 minutes. Presentations are typically 15 minutes in length. Presidential Plenary sessions often include a Presidential Address and an award presentation.
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary: Sponsored by DDW, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and feature abstracts submitted during the February late-breaking submission period. Typically, there are two sessions — one clinically focused, one basic research focused. Both sessions have presentations that at typically 15 minutes in length including three minutes of questions and answers.
  • Meet-the-Investigator/Meet-the-Professor Luncheons: Sponsored by DDW in collaboration with the sponsoring societies, these 75‐minute sessions held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday provide the opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers in a small‐group setting.  Questions are encouraged throughout the session, therefore there is no preset Q&A time. These sessions are ticketed and include lunch.
  • Panel: These SSAT sessions are 60 or 90 minutes long and includes 4-5 presentations of 15-20 minutes with a group discussion/Q&A at the end.
  • Plenary Session: Plenary sessions are offered by all four societies and feature the year’s best abstracts and invited speakers. AGA, ASGE and SSAT feature Presidential Plenary sessions that range from 90-210 minutes. Presentations are typically 15 minutes in length. Presidential Plenary sessions often include a Presidential Address and an award presentation. Q&A time varies for these sessions.
  • Postgraduate Course: AGA and ASGE offer the course as their flagship live educational offering and premier CME activity, the Postgraduate Course, is a one-and-a-half-day (810 minutes) multi-topic course covering both basic science and clinical topics. The course is ticketed.
  • Postgraduate Course Case-Based Session: These are 1.5 hour, interactive breakout sessions led by two faculty members. Types of case based sessions include Flipped Classroom, Video Presentation and Curbside Consult.
  • Postgraduate Course Luncheon Breakout: The breakout sessions are one hour, interactive sessions led by one faculty member.
  • Product Theater: Product Theaters are turnkey, 45-minute marketing presentations about a company’s product or services. These sessions do not offer CME credit; rather, they give exhibitors the freedom to create a presentation centered on their company’s products.
  • Research Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations, and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Research Symposium: These 90-minute sessions focus on basic science topics and are sponsored by one or more of the four societies. These sessions typically feature three to four speakers with presentations ranging from 20 to 30 minutes in length. AGA symposia may also include abstract presentations inter-mixed with invited speaker presentations. Presentations are usually 15 minutes with 3 mins of Q&A included.
  • Satellite Symposia: Satellite Symposia provide organizations with a unique opportunity to host educational programs before or after DDW scientific sessions, often offering CME credit to participants.
  • State-of-the-Art Lecture: Typically 60 minutes in length with five minutes for questions, these sessions feature one keynote speaker on a given topic. State-of-the-Art Lectures are offered by all four sponsoring societies. The Mortin I. Grossman State-of-the-Art is 90 minutes in length and includes a 10-minute intro, 60-minute lecture from the award recipient and 20 minutes of question and answer.
  • Topic Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Translational Symposium: These 90-minute sessions focus on translational topics and are sponsored by one or more of the four societies. These sessions typically feature three to four speakers with presentations ranging from 20 to 30 minutes in length. AGA symposia may also include abstract presentations inter-mixed with invited speaker presentations.
  • Poster Sessions: Sponsored by all four societies, poster sessions take place every day in the Poster Hall from noon–2 p.m. During this time, poster presenters will be at their posters to explain their findings and answer questions. Topics vary by day.
  • Video Plenary: These sessions are 90-250 minutes and feature video abstracts submitted to ASGE and SSAT. The number of presentations is determined by the total run-time of all the videos. Each video is a different length so presentation/question and answer time varies. The SSAT session is 60 minutes long and includes 2 speakers debating about today’s hot topics in GI surgery. It includes 10 minutes of group discussion/Q&A at the end.

Abstract-Based Sessions

Abstract-based sessions feature new research findings. Abstracts are submitted to the sponsoring societies between Oct. 17–Dec. 1 and are peer-reviewed by content experts. All accepted abstracts are published in either Gastroenterology or GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Accepted abstracts may be presented in lecture or poster sessions. Below are examples of abstracts-based sessions at DDW.

  • ePoster Presentations: DDW offers free ePoster presentations in the DDW ePosters Theater. Daily presentations 30 minute presentations, curated by society experts, will highlight the latest science featured in the Poster Hall in a small, theater setting. There are typically 3-4 presentations with 1-2 minutes of Q&A.
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Plenary: Sponsored by DDW, these sessions are 90 minutes in length and feature abstracts submitted during the February late-breaking submission period. Typically, there are two sessions — one clinically focused, one basic research focused. Both sessions have presentations that at typically 15 minutes in length including three minutes of questions and answers. 
  • Poster Sessions: Sponsored by all four societies, poster sessions take place every day in the Poster Hall from noon–2 p.m. During this time, poster presenters will be at their posters to explain their findings and answer questions. Topics vary by day and are usually 60 minutes. 
  • Quick Shots: These 60- 90-minute sessions are sponsored by SSAT and DDW and feature 10-20 presentations. Authors present brief three minute oral reports on their work, with about three minutes of time allotted for follow-up questions from the audience.
  • Research Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations, and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Topic Forum: These sessions are 90 minutes and feature five to six abstract presentations and often an invited keynote presentation. Presentations are typically 15 minutes with three minutes of questions and answers included.
  • Video Plenary: These sessions are 90-250 minutes and feature video abstracts submitted to ASGE and SSAT. The number of presentations is determined by the total run time of all the videos. Each video is a different length so presentation/question and answer time varies.
  • Walking Poster Tours: Sponsored by AGA, these complimentary walking tours are led by subject matter experts and feature the most significant research presented in various topic areas. Each tour will focus on abstracts displayed in the Poster Hall and provide attendees with discussion and networking opportunities with leaders and presenters. Registration is not required.