Since 2010, the FEDEA-abertis chair in Infrastructure and Transport Economics has had a new director: Tano Santos. The chair was created in 2007 by abertis in collaboration with the Applied Economics Studies Foundation (FEDEA). The latter is an economic research centre created in 1985 by the Bank of Spain, and abertis has sat on its board of trustees since its inception.
The FEDEA-abertis chair seeks to conduct high-quality research in topics pertaining to the Economics of Infrastructures and Transport, and to serve as a nexus between the business and academic worlds, for which three activities are prioritised: promoting the publication of FEDEA work documents on topics related with the Economics of Transport; responding to competitive calls for research projects related with this area, with special interest in European projects (7th Framework programme, among others); and transforming the chair into the meeting point between the academic world, the business world and transport policy managers.
Among the events conducted by the chair in 2010, it is worth mentioning the seminar Is the Financial Sector Inefficiently Large?, which was held on 23 February and was given by the chair's new director, Tano Santos.