Outreach and service

I enjoy communicating my research to different target groups, and I am actively involved in scientific outreach. I have also been accommodating scientific discussions and networking opportunities in the form of conference session and workshop organization. I focus on the scientific content, transferrable skills, a diverse representation of the speakers, and fostering an open, inviting environment for fellow scientists. You can find more details on my current and past outreach activities and other professional roles below 

Current roles

NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VExAG) Steering Committee

Member of ESA/NASA’s EnVision mission: Radio Science Experiment team 

‘Venus Seismicity’ ISSI team member

Outreach activities

Published interviews

12.2022, Interviewee in a Women-in-STEM interview for GAIA (Dutch network for women in Earth Sciences):  ‘Interview with dr. Anna Gülcher

Appearance in outreach media (video)

04.2022, Scientific guest in podcast episode ‘Unraveling the geologic history of Venus‘, ‘The Cosmic Cast’ podcast and YouTube channel

Peer-reviewed outreach articles 

Gülcher, A. J. P. (2021) A surprisingly geologically active Venus – evidence for recent volcanic and tectonic activity. The Science Breaker, Earth and Space, DOI: 10.25250/thescbr.brk555

Gülcher, A. J. P. (2020) Evidence for a hotspot Venus – clues from mysterious coronae. Nature Astrononomy ‘behind the paper’, https://go.nature.com/30HTHYP

Authored outreach blog posts

First-time convening an EGU session? Some advice from Early Career Scientistsfeature for the official EGU blog website ‘GeoLog’, 11.2020

Venus: Science! Today! EGU Geodynamics blog ’Peculiar Planets’, 09.2020

Zürich: surrounded by a geologist’s playground, EGU ‘Geology in the city’ blog, 03.2020

Edited outreach blog posts

Work-life balance during a PhD, ‘The PhD Chronicles’, Ben Knight, 09.2021

The most important aspect of your PhD: supervisor-student relationship, ‘The PhD Chronicles’, Diana Avadanii, 06.2021

Finding support in a four-legged friend, ‘The PhD Chronicles’, Lori Willhite, 04.2021

First time… Publishing a paper, ‘The PhD Chronicles’, Jamie Ward, 03.2021

Geodynamics 101: Dynamic Topography, Fred Richards, 11.2020

Starting to teach? Here are three tips!, Menno Fraters, 06.2020

Adaption, Nicolas Coltice,  08.2019

Professional service

Professional roles:

Planetary mission involvement:

Institutional responsibilities:

  • 05.2020-05.2022, ETH Zürich: organiser of the 2022 Doctoral Retreat for all PhDs/Postdocs from the Department of Earth Sciences 
  • 09.2015-09.2016, Utrecht University: consultant to the Board of Education (Geosciences department) 

Full conference/workshop organisation:

Session convening and chairing: 

  • 04.2022 EGU General Assembly (GA), session Venus: models, observations, exoplant analogue
  • 12.2022 AGU Fall Meeting, session Toward an Interdisciplinary Understanding on the Structure, Composition, and Dynamic Evolution of the Lower Mantle
  • 05.2022 EGU General Assembly (GA), session ‘Deformation processes from grain- to planetary-scales: experiments, observations, and models’
  • 05.2022 EGU GA, short course ‘Meet the EGU journal editors’
  • 12.2021 AGU Fall Meeting, session ‘Interdisciplinary perspectives on intraplate magmatism, mantle plumes, and the deep Earth: both past and present’
  • 09.2021 Europlanet Science Congress, session ‘Venus Science and Exploration’
  • 07.2021 Goldschmidt conference, session ‘Ancient mantle heterogeneities through time: observations to modelling’
  • 04.2021 EGU GA, session ‘From minerals to the dynamics of Earth’s interior: linking crystal chemistry, rheology, and geodynamics across the scales’
  • 04.2021 EGU GA, short course ‘Meet the EGU journal editors’