Outreach and service

I enjoy communicating my research to different target groups, and I am actively involved in scientific outreach. I am also 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

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

ESA/NASA’s EnVision mission –  Radio Science Experiment team collaborator

‘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 

(03.2023)  Interviewed for, and quoted in, the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung article ‘Lava für die Liebesgöttin

(03.2023)  Expert opinion quote in National Geographic article ‘Venus is volcanically alive, stunning new find shows

(04.2022)  Scientific guest in podcast episode ‘Unraveling the geologic history of Venus‘, ‘The Cosmic Castpodcast 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

(03.2023) The first observational evidence for a volcanically active Venus, EGU Geodynamics blog ‘Peculiar Planets’

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

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

Edited outreach blog posts

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

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

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

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

(11.2020) Geodynamics 101: Dynamic Topography, Fred Richards 

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

(08.2019) Adaption, Nicolas Coltice


Professional service

Planetary mission involvement

Professional roles

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

  • (03.2023)  LPSC, session Venus: Mantles, Lithospheres, Atmospheres, Oh My!
  • (04.2022)  EGU General Assembly, 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, session ‘Deformation processes from grain- to planetary-scales: experiments, observations, and models’
  • (05.2022)  EGU General Assembly, 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 General Assembly, session ‘From minerals to the dynamics of Earth’s interior: linking crystal chemistry, rheology, and geodynamics across the scales’
  • (04.2021)  EGU General Assembly, short course ‘Meet the EGU journal editors’