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04 marzo 2022Campus Bilbao

A project to improve the information on the accessibility of tourist accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities, awarded by the XVI Research Awards UD-Santander

The research work “Evaluation of the accessibility of the hotels in Bilbao Bizkaia (BBAG2019)”, led by Asunción Fernández-Villarán, researcher of the Leisure, Culture and Tourism from Social Transformation research group and member of the B-Creative Interdisciplinary Research Platform, has been awarded the accesit of the 17th UD-Santander Research Awards.


This project has already been granted the DEUSTO Social Impact Label for its contribution to transform and positively impact the society. BBAG2019 created and implemented a new assessment model on the accessibility of adapted tourism in Bizkaia focusing not only on mobility but also the needs of people with sensory and cognitive difficulties at all stages of the journey.


The project team identified a lack of useful digital accessibility information for people with disabilities to make travel decisions. And worked to eliminate this barrier for Biscay by creating a web page that collects all the information on accessibility of accommodation, tourist resources and itineraries in the territory. The BBAG2019 project has developed an innovative tool that offers detailed and objective information that allows each user to autonomously identify the accessibility conditions of the accommodation and make decisions based on their personal characteristics and circumstances.


The research work "New Skills Agenda Steel”: Industry-driven sustainable European Steel Skills Agenda and Strategy (ESSA) ", led by Aitor Goti, from the Faculty of Engineering, has won the highest award. The ESSA project aims to define and develop future job profiles in various areas, starting from the steel sector, that serves as a spearhead for others. Its objective is to design and deploy a coordinated, sustainable and industry-driven plan towards a European Skills Agenda.


Through the Research Awards UD-Santander, the University of Deusto and Banco Santander support the development of excellent research which seeks to respond to the challenges of today's society and influence its transformation. This award seeks to recognize and reward the research of excellence developed by the research teams of the University of Deusto attending to its scientific and social impacts.