Outreach and service

I am actively involved in scientific outreach and professional committees. I enjoy communicating my research to different target groups and leading teams to the successful completions of projects. I have been accommodating scientific discussions and networking opportunities in the form of conference session chairing 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

Outreach activities

Public outreach presentations


Public speaker on Astronomy on Tap, Los Angeles (Caltech Astro Outreach), ‘Unveiling Venus, Earth’s evil twin

Appearance in outreach media (video, podcast, written)

Fall 2024

On-camera appearance as an expert for an upcoming documentary on Earth and planetary sciences, the History Channel (stay tuned!)


Expert opinion quote in Scientific American article ‘New Map Reveals Secrets of Io, the Solar System’s Most Volcanic Moon


Expert opinion quote in The New York Times article ‘Billions of Years Ago, Venus May Have Had a Key Earthlike Feature


Interviewed for, and quoted in, the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung article ‘Lava für die Liebesgöttin


Expert opinion quote in National Geographic article ‘Venus is volcanically alive, stunning new find shows


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


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

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


The first observational evidence for a volcanically active Venus, EGU Geodynamics blog ‘Peculiar Planets’


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


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

Edited outreach blog posts


Work-life balance during a PhD, The PhD Chronicles’, Dr. Ben Knight 


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


Finding support in a four-legged friend, The PhD Chronicles’, Dr. Lori Willhite


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





Adaption, Prof. Nicolas Coltice


Professional service

Planetary science mission involvement

03.2023 – present

NASA‘s VERITAS mission: scientific collaborator (led by S. Smrekar, JPL) 

06.2022 – present

ESA‘s EnVision missionscientific collaborator of Radio Science and Gravity Experiment team (led by C. Dumoulin, Uni. Nantes) 

Professional roles

07.2023 – 07.2026

NASA‘s Venus Exploration and Analysis Group (VExAGSteering Committee member

Three-year appointment as a member of the VExAG Steering Committee

05.2020 – 05.2022

Two-year appointment to represent Early Career Scientists in the European Geoscience Union 

05.2019 – 01.2023

05.2020 – 01.2023

EGU Geodynamics division: social media and outreach content manager  

Institutional responsibilities (selected)

05.2020 – 05.2022

ETH Zürich: Lead organiser of the 2022 Doctoral Retreat for 100+ PhDs/Postdocs from the Department of Earth Sciences 

09.2021 – 09.2022

ETH Zürich: co-organiser of the Fix the Leaky Pipeline peer-mentoring group (Women-in-STEM program)

09.2015 – 09.2016

Utrecht University: Consultant to the Board of Education (Geosciences department) 

09.2015 – 09.2016

Utrecht University: President of the Women’s Geological Society Utrecht

Full conference/workshop organisation


‘Feedbacks between mantle composition, structure and evolution’ virtual mini-workshop 

Session convening and chairing


Goldschmidt Conference, co-chair of the overarching theme ‘Earth’s deep interior’


EGU General Assembly, session Venus: models, observations, (early) Earth and exoplanet analogue


LPSC, session Venus’ surface: is it Hot in here, or is it just me?


AGU Fall Meeting, session ‘Interdisciplinary Advances in Understanding Earth’s Lowermost Mantle Landscape’


EGU General Assembly, session Venus: models, observations, exoplanet analogue


LPSC, session Venus: Mantles, Lithospheres, Atmospheres, Oh My!


AGU Fall Meeting, session Toward an Interdisciplinary Understanding on the Structure, Composition, and Dynamic Evolution of the Lower Mantle


EGU General Assembly, session ‘Deformation processes from grain- to planetary-scales: experiments, observations, and models’


EGU General Assembly, short course ‘Meet the EGU journal editors’


AGU Fall Meeting, session ‘Interdisciplinary perspectives on intraplate magmatism, mantle plumes, and the deep Earth: both past and present’


Europlanet Science Congress, session ‘Venus Science and Exploration’


Goldschmidt Conference, session ‘Ancient mantle heterogeneities through time: observations to modelling’


EGU General Assembly, session ‘From minerals to the dynamics of Earth’s interior: linking crystal chemistry, rheology, and geodynamics across the scales’


EGU General Assembly, short course ‘Meet the EGU journal editors’