Over 80 international commodities researchers and practitioners attended the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities’ (JPMCC’s) inaugural “New Directions in Commodities Research” international symposium in August 2017 to discuss critical thinking and new research related to commodities. The 2017 symposium took the place of the JPMCC’s annual Research Council meeting. The conference’s lead sponsor was the CME Group Foundation. The 2017 symposium included speakers and participants from a broad set of industries, regulatory agencies, and research institutions, including oil and natural gas companies, automobile manufacturers, renewable energy companies, U.S. national laboratories, universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, financial institutions, exchanges, and market research institutions. The broad range of topics covered by the conference included renewable energy finance, raw materials, shipping finance, macroeconomics, and China’s economic supply side reform. This article summarizes four of the presentations from the August 2017 conference.