Dr. Rogerio Jorge is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, Germany, and a Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. From 2019-2021 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He is interested in the study of plasmas for fusion energy and in the description of three-dimensional magnetic fields. Rogerio obtained is bachelor and master’s degree in Engineering Physics at IST, Lisbon (Portugal) and is PhD at IST and EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland) under the IST-EPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative. For his PhD thesis, which obtained an unanimous jury classification of Pass with Distinction and Honour, he received the 2020 EPS-PPD PhD Research Award [link] and the EPFL Physics Doctoral Thesis Award [link]. He is also a member of the “Simons Collaboration on Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy” [link], the first Simons Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award supporting fusion science that has been granted to an international team of scientists and mathematicians from eight U.S. universities and four international institutions. Rogerio also is also an invited columnist at the newspaper “Observador”, writing about science, technology and the economy. His articles are available here.
Besides his research, Rogerio is interested in learning new musical instruments and genres. He completed the 8-year course in Music Theory, Composition and Acoustics at Conservatorio David de Sousa, Figueira da Foz, Portugal, with a complementary degree in classical guitar and a final classification of 18/20. In 2018, he founded the accordion, guitar and ukulele school at the portuguese ACPns association in Lausanne, Switzerland. Later, in order to fill a gap in the online teaching of diatonic accordion, he started uploading educational videos to his youtube channel RJorge, where some of his videos have more than 100 000 views today.
In 2009, Rogerio started uploading free educational videos in physics and mathematics to the youtube channel Matmania1 [link]. In 2012, the channel was rebranded to Portal da Sabedoria and was later sponsored by the University of Lisbon, Santander and Novabase Gameshifters in order to assemble a team with more than 10 people and cover a wide range of topics, including chemistry, economics and medicine. A start-up with the same name was founded in 2014 to leverage the expertise acquired by the team on online education and apply it to physics and mathematics tutoring.
Documentary Film on Nuclear Fusion at EPFL – Hora dos Portugueses, RTP television channel (full show here)
A film by Valdo Peixoto and Vanessa Santos