Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, released a statement on June 12 calling for an end to all-male panels at scientific conferences After listening to Francis Collinsconcerns about all-male panels (sometimes referred to as "manels") at scientific conferences for many years, Collins announced that he would no longer participate in panels that featured only men.

According to Collins' statement, "Starting now, when I consider speaking invitations, I will expect a level playing field, where scientists of all backgrounds are evaluated fairly for speaking opportunities. If that attention to inclusivenes is not evident in the agenda, I will decline to take part. I challenge other scientific leaders across the biomedical enterprise to do the same."

Collins cited a 2018 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, entitled, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine." The report notes that although the numbers of women in science and engineering fields have increased in the recent past, they still face significant barriers related to gender, including sexual harassment.