The new 13-member White House Science Council, established in mid-February by President Reagan's science advisor George A. Keyworth, II, meets for the first time today. On the agenda is a briefing of the activities of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and a discussion of possible topics for future in-depth study.

Chief among its responsibilities, the council is to advise Keyworth on science and technology issues of national concern. The council, scheduled to meet once every 2 months, will discuss specific issues assigned by the science advisor and will keep him abreast of changing perspectives in the science and technology communities. The council may form subgroups or panels to conduct studies on specific issues assigned by Keyworth.