We are delighted to announce that the official launch of CARPE took place on Tuesday 26th April in the Seamus Heaney Lecture Theatre, Cregan Library, DCU St. Patrick's Campus. Speakers at this event were Professor Brian MacCraith (President of DCU), Professor Daire Keogh (President of St. Patrick's College), Dr. Therese N. Hopfenbeck (Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment), Mr. Michael Brannick (President and CEO, Prometric), and Professor Michael O'Leary (Prometric Chair in Assessment). CARPE has been established to drive progress in the practice of both educational and professional assessment. We are committed to conducting high-quality research and development in assessment, establishing global networks and contributing to assessment policy-making. Attendees at the launch heard about the wide range of research projects and initiatives already underway to address the challenges posed by existing and new concepts of assessment.