No more ‘manels,’ NIH head says in call to end all-male science panels

One of the most influential public health officials in the world said Wednesday that he will no longer speak on scientific panels if they don’t include women.

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, made the announcement in an online statement during a time when science is in the midst of its own #MeToo movement.

“It is time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels, sometimes wryly referred to as ‘manels,'” Collins wrote. “Too often, women and members of other groups underrepresented in science are conspicuously missing in the marquee speaking slots at scientific meetings and other high-level conferences.”