Vadim Parfenov is a Professor at St.Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia. He graduated from St.Petersburg Polytechnic University in 1985. He received his PhD degree in 2002 (speciality – “Quantum electronics”) and degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences (habil. of PhD; speciality – “Optics”) in 2018. He has worked on research areas of diverse and cross-disciplinary interest, ranging from laser material processing to studies on phase conjugation, non-linear and adaptive optics, interferometry and holography. For the last 16 years he has been involved in research and practical work on the use of lasers and opto-electronic techniques in cultural heritage preservation. He has pioneered the practical use of laser cleaning in art conservation in St. Petersburg city, where he has been involved in numerous collaborative projects with leading museums. He has organized and co-chaired several conferences and workshops such as: “Light for Artworks conservation” (2006, 2010 and 2012, St.Petersburg) and “Laser Cleaning and Artworks Conservation” (2007, 2013 and 2016, St. Petersburg). In 2005-2006 he was a member of the Management Committee of the European Union COST Action G7 “Artwork Conservation by Laser”, and from 2014 he has been a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of LACONA (Lasers for Artwork Conservation). He is the author and co-author of more than 100 articles and several books.