The Italian Geological Society (SGI) and the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology (SIMP) are pleased to invite you to participate in the joint Congress, entitled "Geosciences for the environment, natural hazard and cultural heritage", which will be held in Catania from 12 to 14 September 2018. For the Italian Geological Society, this is the 89th congress since its foundation. The Congress will be organized in three days of scientific sessions on the main themes of Geosciences; it will include plenary conferences of eminent international geoscientists, round tables conferences and forums on topics of relevant geological-social impact and on major themes of public interest. The Congress is the privileged place for the meeting of the different actors operating in the world of Geosciences. The Congress represents an important moment of confrontation for geoscientists in which illustrate their research and discuss the results; for professionals it represents a valid opportunity for professional refresher and for the deepening of competences of the field in which they operate; for school teachers it is an opportunity to discuss the contents and didactic methods of Geosciences as well as providing the possibility of establishing relationships of laboratory cooperation with the world of research. Finally, it offers everyone the opportunity to increase collaboration with the many public and private entities in which geological expertise find space and to discuss new strategies for development and technology transfer. The Congress will also be an opportunity to reflect on the current and future role of Geosciences in society, the function that they must assume in the formation of the citizen and in the protection of the cultural and natural heritage that distinguishes Italy. Particular attention will be paid to young researchers, PhD candidates and students through the organisation of events and meetings aimed at creating collaborative networks to facilitate intercultural and information exchange for the development of their research and the planning of future studies.