The council is described as the government's top-level advisory body on science, engineering and technology policy. It advises the prime minister and the first ministers for Scotland and Wales on issues of strategic importance.
Hall, professor of computer science at Southampton University, is one of 16 new council members who come from the scientific community, business and charities.
BCS external relations director Mike Rodd was appointed to the Home Office Science and Technology Reference Group.
This was first published in April 2004