Established in 1897, FAST – the Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations, is an independent non-profit association acknowledged by Decree of the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Scientific Research. It represents 34 national scientific and technical associations with around 50.000 members from the industry, research and technology sector. FAST, with offices in Milan and Brussels and a total staff of 12 persons, operates nationally and technical and organizational services to public and private organisations, as well as advanced training and vocational education initiatives, studies and applied research. In addition FAST for many years has been coordinating and participating in several European projects as well as facilitated participation in these projects of its member organisations. Over the years FAST has built great expertise in facilitating the establishment of new associations in emerging technology fields, that have become ecognized points of reference in their sector. Recent examples are the Natural Gas Vehicles System Italy (www.ngvsystem.com) and the Italian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, H2IT (www.h2it.org).