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We are very glad to invite you to participate in the 15th CBGE (Environmental and Engineering Geology Brazilian Congress) to be held at Bento Gonçalves City, Rio Grande do Sul State, on October 18th-21th, 2015. “Environmental and Engineering Geology in Urban Areas” is the main subject of 15th CBGE because we believe that one of the main challenges of engineering geology is the balance between human occupation and the natural environment capabilities and restrictions, especially in the largest cities. In this sense, the main goal of the congress is to promote a debate about the demands faced by the Environmental and Engineering Geology professionals in their daily activities, and also to discuss how professionals can address the new challenges that are emerging. To do so, important subjects like Site Investigations and Risks in Engineering Projects, including underground works, dams and all other infrastructures needed to meet the upgrading demands of society; Urban and Environmental Geology, Geotechnical Mapping, Environmental Management, including Contaminated Lands issues, and Risks and Natural Disasters, are themes with special interest during the event. Among these subjects, ABGE (Brazilian Engineering Geology Association) also intends to promote a discussion on other issues like Marine, Fluvial and Dam’s Reservoir Erosion, and the Occupation of the Amazon Region, already discussed in previous ABGE events, but themes that deserve special attention within the technical community. We intend to discuss Engineering Geology Teaching and Research and the public recognition that the engineering geology knowledge is a key-knowledge to reach the Sustainable Development. The 15th Environmental and Engineering Geology Brazilian Congress framework is the same as previous ABGE Congresses. There will be pre-Congress courses, technical workshop and round tables, conferences, technical visits and expositions. An integration meeting with the Caribbean and South American Environmental, Engineering Associations and the ABGE Technical Committee will take place at the same time. Professors Scott Bruns, Dr. Sergio Mora and Dr. Steve Parry have already confirmed their participation in the Congress. Almost 600 participants are expected.