International Commodities Symposium:
“New Directions in Commodities Research”

Location: J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities
University of Colorado Denver
1475 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA

Date of Symposium: August 10-11, 2017

Organizers: Ajeyo Banerjee, Director, J.P. Morgan

Center for Commodities, Denver, CO, USA
Graham Davis, Professor of Mineral
Economics, Colorado School of Mines,
Golden, CO, USA
Coordinator: Matthew Fleming, Program Manager,

J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities

Deadline for Paper Submission: February 15, 2017

Acceptances Notified by: March 15, 2017

Sponsored by the CME Group Foundation
Sponsored by the Payne Institute for Earth Resources

Keynote Speakers:

1. Dr. Lutz Kilian, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
2. Dr. Alex King, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Critical Materials

Technical Committee
(members of the Research Council, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities)

Graham Davis, Colorado School of Mines, Golden (Chair of Technical Committee)
Ambron, Sueann, Senior Advisor, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities
Anderson, Thorvin, Former Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Global Commodities Grp
Arak, Marcelle, CoBank Professor, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities
Brady, Tom, Chief Economist, Newmont Mining Corp

Carter, Colin, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis
DeVore, Nancy, Principal, DHF Team, LLC

Fenton, Colin, Managing Partner & Head of Research, Blacklight Research LLC
Gray, Robert, Chief Commodities Strategist, Resource Capital Funds
Greer, Bob, Scholar in Residence, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities
Hamilton, James, Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego
Hammond, Dave, Principal, Hammond International Group

Houlton, Geoff, Director of Commodity Fundamentals, Anadarko Petroleum Corp
Irwin, Scott, Professor of Ag & Cons Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kaminski, Vince, Professor, Practice of Energy Mgmt, Rice University, Houston
Kilian, Lutz, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Kowalski, Daniel, Director of Industry Research, CoBank, Knowledge Exchange Division
Lee, Benjamin, Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
McCallum, Peter, Director, Global Agribusiness, Bunge Limited
Most, Matt, Government Relations and Sustainability, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc
Nomikos, Nikos, Professor of Shipping Risk Mgmt, Cass Business School, London
Pearson, Don, Spaces & Places Leader, Ardent Mills

Putnam, Bluford, Chief Economist, CME Group
Reinhardt, Forest, John D. Black Prof. of Business Admin, Harvard Business School
Robe, Michel, Associate Professor of Finance, American University, Washington D.C.
Ronn, Ehud, Professor of Finance, University of Texas, Austin
Rouwenhorst, Geert, Haas Professor of Corporate Finance, Yale School of Mgmt
Schneider, Bryce, Director of Trading and Origination, Xcel Energy
Slade, Margaret, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Till, Hilary, Solich Scholar, J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities

Titus, Lance, Managing Director, Guzman Energy

Vigfusson, Robert, Section Chief (Energy), Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C.
Wright, Brian, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley

“New Directions in Commodities Research” is an international commodities symposium being
organized at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, University of Colorado Denver, CO, USA,
on August 10-11, 2017. The objective is to bring together global thought leaders and prominent
stakeholders in commodities to discuss their critical thinking and new research related to
commodities. While rigor and quality will be ensured in the presentations, the focus will be on
real-world relevance of research, oriented to the immediate and near-term future. The sessions
will be limited to outstanding research, and comprise of both solicited and competitively
selected papers. The sessions and papers will be from both academic and practitioner
communities. Submitted papers will be selected by the Technical Committee listed above,
which is the Research Council of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities.

We invite submissions of scholarly work from all areas of commodities. We encourage
industry participants to submit papers that provide current industry perspectives and
challenges that could provide interesting research questions for academics. Abstracts or
Extended Abstracts are not accepted for consideration.

The following is an illustrative list of interest areas, and not exhaustive:

o Structure and regulation of exchanges and trading
o Behavioral and financial Incentives in commodities businesses
o Innovation/technology
o China/India
o Risk management
o Emissions/environment
o Transport/supply chains
o Shipping and ocean-going freight
o Commodities trade and economic growth
o Price fluctuations in commodity and financial markets
o Renewables
o Water as a commodity
o Big data analytics for commodities

To submit a paper, please go to