This session will cover the basics of citizen science and its role in promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It will take a look at some citizen science initiatives in the region that addressed pollution in urban areas related to SDG 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (sustainable production and consumption), and 17 (partnerships).

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the definition of citizen science and how people can use it within the context of the SDGs
  • Showcase citizen science initiatives that address pollution in industrial hotspots, hospitals, and public playgrounds in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia
  • Learn how locally-relevant citizen science initiatives led by public interest groups, affected communities, and sectors drew public awareness and for some cases, even resulted in wide-ranging policy outcomes



Video lectures are linked to the topics.

Citizen Science and the SDGs  

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Increasing Transparency in Industrial Pollution Management in Urban Areas in Thailand

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Monitoring Indoor Mercury Vapour in Hospitals in Denpasar City, Bali

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English

Monitoring Lead in Public Playground Equipment in Urban Areas in Penang and Kedah, Malaysia

Subtitles: Bahasa | Thai | Viet | English


Rachel Pateman


Stockholm Environment Institute

Penchom Saetang

Executive Director


Krishna Zaki

Toxics Program Manager

Nexus3 Foundation

Hatijah Hashim


Consumers Association of Penang


Lia Jasmin Esquillo


IPEN SEA Regional Coordinator

Aileen Lucero


Ecowaste Coalition National Coordinator